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Safe Plants For Tortoises
One of the common problems faced by tortoise keepers, is which plants are safe to feed to their tortoises. There are a lot of plants which are either native weeds or can be easily grown in a garden or on a windowsill which are safe for tortoises and are great for providing a varied diet.

This page gives a list of the common plants which can be safely fed to your tortoises with accompanying pictures.

All the edible food plants on the list can be easily purchased on our website here.

All of the plants below are suitable for consumption by tortoises:


Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm provides a readily accepted scented treat for reptiles, and offers a fresh source of vitamins throughout the year. The whole pot can be placed in the enclosure, or it can be grown on the windowsill and stems cut off for feeding. Birds and Mammals also love it.
Red Sorrel

Red Sorrel provides a readily accepted treat for reptiles, and offers a fresh source of vitamins thoughout the year. The whole pot can be placed in the enclosure, or it can be grown on the windowsill and stems cut off for feeding. Birds and Mammals also love it.
Plaintain Assorted

Plantain provides a readily accepted treat for reptiles, and offers a fresh source of vitamins throughout the year. The whole pot can be placed in the enclosure, or it can be grown on the windowsill and stems cut off for feeding. Birds and Mammals (especially cats)also love it.
Self Heal

Selfheal provides a readily accepted treat for reptiles, and offers a fresh source of vitamins throughout the year. The whole pot can be placed in the enclosure, or it can be grown on the windowsill and stems cut off for feeding. Birds and Mammals also love it.
Callisia repens

Callisia repens, commonly called the Turtle Vine is a tropical creeper found in moist areas. It does not like bright, hot light but thrives in warm, moist, shaded conditions. Additionally this plant is edible and ideal for feeding to Tortoises, Bearded dragons, Uromastyx and other herbivorous reptiles. PLEASE NOTE: We recommend you cut pieces of the plant off to feed to your pet, rather than putting the whole plant into the tank and possibly causing stomach upsets if the whole plant is gorged! This will prolong the life of the plant too.
Dandelion - flowers & leaves

The staple for many. Big leaves, easily recognisable, and abundant. Dandelions provide a readily accepted treat for reptiles, and offer a fresh source of vitamins thoughout the year. The whole pot can be placed in the enclosure, or it can be grown on the windowsill and stems cut off for feeding. Birds and Mammals also love it.
Aloe vera
Antirrhinum - flowers & leaves
Aubretia - flowers & leaves

These are great for early spring, as they start growing before the weed season gets into full swing. Once more succulent plants are available, the seem to go out of favour.
Bindweed - flowers & leaves This is a great plant as it is a very strong grower with large leaves and flowers. There are some reports of too much being a halucinogen, but my torts have never complained!
Bramble - Leaves only.

I always make sure that any thorns on the underside of the leaves are removed.
Cactus, opuntia (Prickly pear/Indian fig)

It is important to use the spineless varieties, or to despine them before feeding.
Campanula
Chickweed
Clover - flowers & leaves (both red and white)

An excellent addition to the diet. Quite high in protein, so not to be fed exclusively to babies.
Dead Nettle - leaves

Found growing wild as well as in gardens.
Gazania - flowers & leaves

Well liked by tortoises and very attractive in the garden. Let them get well established and then pull a leaf or two off each plant every few days for a constant supply.
Geranium species (perrenial) - leaves & flowers

A vigourous species which provides foliage and flowers before the bedding plants arrive.
Hebe - flowers and occasional leaves

Good for planting in outside enclosures for shade.
Hibiscus - flowers and occasional leaves

Tortoises love the flowers! As the start to go over, pull them off and feed them.
Honeysuckle - flowers

Plenty of flowers available throughout the early summer.
Hosta - leaves

Not always a favourite, but a nice big leaf which can be fed on its own as a change.
Mallow - flowers & leaves

An attractive bushy plant. Another good one for the enclosure.
Forget-me-nots - flowers & leaves

An early spring classic.
Mulberry - leaves
Nasturtium - flowers & leaves

These grow very well if allowed to get established. Keeping the catarpillars off it is tricky though!
Osteospermum - flowers and occasional leaves
Pansies - flowers & leaves

Fantastic for autumn. If established in summer, they'll give plenty of leaves and flowers right up to hibernation.
Pelargonium - flowers & leaves
Petunia - flowers & leaves

Very vigorous. Plant as a bedding plant and it will provide leaves and flowers all through the summer and early autumn. Take the flowers just as they start to droop, and you'll get more!
Plantain

Another staple. Loved by tortoises and with lots of fibre. These will keep in the fridge for a week if stored dry in a plastic bag.
Rose - petals only
Sow thistle - flowers & leaves

A favourite with the tortoises. Can be slightly prickly depending on species, but the torts don't mind!
Strawberry (wild and cultivated) - leaves & flowers
Vetch
Viola/Violet - flowers & leaves

Another which will grow in Autumn/Winter.
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