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Old 09-16-2020, 02:04 PM   #1
lottieS
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Default Are amaranth flowers and cherry and strawberry leaves safe?

Hey all, I was looking on Etsy for hamster herbs and I found someone selling something called gomphrena flowers, I looked it up and it is a flower from an amaranth plant, I know amaranth seeds are safe, anyone know about the flowers? I also found a reputable seller with good reviews selling dried cherry/strawberry leaves as decoration or foraging for a hamster cage, so Iím pretty sure those are safe. I then remembered I have a large strawberry plant and a fairly big cherry tree in my garden so Iím wondering if I can pick some of these and dry them instead of paying for some? However, I am quite hesitant about the cherry leaves because it is not a regular cherry tree, it is an ornamental cherry tree which means it only produces flowers, therefore it is a different type of plant. I tried to google it however itís not giving any results from reliable websites, some say itís fine, some say all cherry trees contain a small amount of cyanide!? Anyone know anything about these leaves?
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are amaranth flowers and cherry and strawberry leaves safe?

I can’t see any reason why amaranth flowers wouldn’t be ok but can’t say for sure, I’ve never seen those sold only the seeds.
Not at all sure about cherry & strawberry, I would have my doubts about cherry.
Somethings it’s just difficult or impossible to find a definitive answer so it’s probably best to stick to leaves & flowers that are known to be safe, there are plenty of those to choose from.
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