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Is Horse Nettle Edible?

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Yes! This article has information about why people have been concerned about it in the past and includes an update link to an article where cows actually ate it successfully.

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Here’s a picture of horsenettle from the Virginia Tech Weed Id Guide provided by Scott Hagood.
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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  1. We have a growing amount of horse nettle in our pastures–likely because our cows don’t eat it so unless we get it clipped at the right stage, it is seeding out and spreading. That and plantain (not buckhorn, but the roundish leaf variety) I’d say are the weeds more present in our pastures that the cows don’t seem to eat. We have not yet invested the time to do any training.

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