Bouncing Bet UPD
Peter, your patch may not be spreading aggressively now, but it easily could in the near future. It may appear beneficial to insects but that could be due to a lack of native plants. There really is nothing about bouncing bet that justifies keeping it around. Native plants would be more beneficial in the long run.
S. officinalis has long been used as a cleansing agent, for in addition to its supposed medicinal properties, the roots contain a lather that serves as a soap substitute. The name 'Bouncing Bet' is said to have originated in England where barmaids, often called "Bets", cleaned ale bottles by filling them with water and a sprig of this plant. When the shaking was begun by these buxom beauties and the Bets got to bouncing, the term 'Bouncing Bet' was born.
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These symptoms do not usually show up until a few days after eating the bouncing bet, so it often gets overlooked and diagnosed as an intestinal virus or other condition. Saponins are glycosides that you can find in many common wild plants that damage the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, digestive tract, and stomach. This substance is also known to break down the membranes of red blood cells, letting the hemoglobin leak out into the rest of the body. Luckily, most horses will not eat the bouncing bet because of the bitter taste.
You will find this pretty weed growing in cool areas with lots of shade such as river and stream banks. They grow to be about two or three feet tall on a single reddish tinted stem with long (six inches) thin leaves that are shaped like lances. Bouncing bet grows pretty white or pink flowers that smell sweet from early summer to the beginning of fall. It is called soapwort by some because of the toxic ingredient, saponin, which is commonly used for cleaning. However, bouncing bet can make your horse very ill, so it is best to keep him away from this plant. In fact, if not treated right away, saponins can cause damage to red blood cells and the central nervous system which may result in death.
Bouncing bet plants have a large amount of saponins compared to other plants containing the toxin. This makes the plant a major nuisance and you should maintain your pastures carefully in areas where the bouncing bet is known to grow. The symptoms of Bouncing bet poisoning include:
The roots and seeds of the bouncing bet contain saponins, which can be very dangerous to horses when eaten in a large amount. Saponins are capable of destroying the membranes of red blood cells, causing them to leak hemoglobin into the bloodstream. In addition, the membranes of the digestive and respiratory tract become irritated which can trigger difficulty breathing and gastroenteritis.
Your horse has an excellent chance of recovery if you get treatment right away. Most horses will not ingest much of the bouncing bet plant as they graze because they do not like the taste or the irritation of their mucous membranes. Be sure to remove the bouncing bet plants as much as possible by pulling them by the root in order to eliminate the entire plant.Maintain the fields where your horse is allowed access. 041b061a72