• Homestead

    Perilla Mint – Toxic Weed

    It would never have occurred to me that the mint we have all over our property is toxic!  It’s not one of the top poisonous plants you hear about when you have horses.  But apparently, this particular variety, Perilla Mint, is quite toxic and can be fatal to goats, sheep, cattle and horses.  Luckily, we had an agricultural extension agent out from Virginia Tech to help us identify any potential toxic plants growing in our pastures – and she found it all over.  She spotted some right up against our barn, and in the back pasture.  Unfortunately, they exploded all over our property throughout the summer.  They like growing near wooded…