Rabbit Resistant Plants

There are countless inter-related variables affecting what rabbits will eat in any given year. Just a few of these variables include: population and overall health of the rabbits, weather conditions, geography and sources of food naturally available in surrounding woods and forested areas.

The following list has been compiled from gardening surveys from across the United States.

Annuals usually not eaten by rabbits

Ageratum Ageratum houstonianum
Amethyst Flower Browallia Speciosa
Wax Begonia Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum
Four O'Clocks Mirabilis jalapa
Geraniums Pelargonium x hortorum
Marigold Calendula officinalis
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia
Spiderflower Cleome hasslerana
Vinca Catharanthus roseus

Perennials and Bulbs usually not eaten by rabbits

Adam's Needle Yucca filamentosa
Astilbe Astillbe x arendsii
Barrenwort Epimedium x rubrum Red
Bear's Breeches, Spiny Acanthus spinosa latifolius
Bee Balm Monarda didyma
Blanket Flower Gaillardia x grandiflora
Bleeding Heart Dicentra species
Bugbane Cimicifuga racemosa
Bugleweed Ajuga repens
Cactus Cactus species
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
Clematis Clematis species
Columbine Aquilegia hybrida
Cranesbill Geranium species
Candytuft Iberis semipervirens
Cinquefoil Potentilla verna
Creeping Lily-Turf Liriope spicata
Daffodils Narcissus
Euphorbia Euphorbia species
False Indigo Baptisia aurestralis
Ferns (most)
Foam Flower Tiarella cordifolia
Forget Me Not Myosotis sylvatica
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Germander Teucrium chamaedrys
Ginger (wild) Asarum europaeum
Goat's Beard Aruncus dioicus
Gooseneck Loosestrife Lysimachia clethroides
Hardy Ageratum Eupatorium coelestinum
Hardy Chrysanthemum Dendranthema x morifolium
Heartleaf Bergenia Bergenia cordifolia
Hollyhock Alcea rosea
Hyacinth Hyacinth orientalis
Ladybells Adenophora lilifolia
Lady's Mantle Alchemilla mollis
Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Leopardsbane Doronicum orientale
Lily-of-the-Valley Convallaria majalis
Meadow Rue Thalictrum rochebrunianum
Monkshood Aconitum napellus
Pachysandra Pachysandra terminalis
Pasque Flower Pulsatilla vulgaris rubra
Peony Paeonia hybrids
Persian Onion Allium giganteum
Primrose Primula x polyantha
Queen of the Meadow Filipendula ulmaria
Red Hot Poker Kniphofia
Rose Mallow Malva alcea
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
Salvia Salvia x superba
Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum x superbum
Siberian Bugloss Brunnera macrophylla
Siberian Iris Iris siberica
Small Globe Thistle Echinops ritro
Speedwell Veronica species
Stokes Aster Stokesia laevis
Tickseed Coreopsis grandiflora
Trumpet vine Campsis radicans
Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica
Wormwood Artemesia species

Woody Plants usually not eaten by rabbits

Azaleas Rhododendron species
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Blue Spruce Picea pungens
Bottlebrush Buckeye Aesculus parviflora
Boxwood Buxus species
Buckeye Aesculus glabra
Bush Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa
Butterfly-bush Budddleia davidii
Butternut Juglans cinera
Climbing Hydrangea Hydrangea anomala petiolaris
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster species
Dwarf Inkberry Ilex glabra compacta
Horsechestnut Aesculus hippocastanum
Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia
Rhododendron Rhododendron P.J.M. Hybrids
Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
Sumac Rhus species
Sweet Gum Liquidamber straciflua
Tatarian Dogwood Cornus alba
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera
White Pine Pinus strobus
Yew Taxus species

Vegetables and Fruits usually not eaten by rabbits

Asparagus Asparagus officinalis
Currant & Gooseberry Ribes species
Grape Vitis species
Leeks Allium porrum
Onions Allium cepa
Potatoes Solanum tuberosum
Rhubarb Rheum rhaponticum
Summer Squash Cucurbita pepo melopepo
Tomato Lycopersicum esculentum

Herbs usually not eaten by rabbits

Basil Ocimum basilicum
Mint Mentha species
Oregano Origanum vulgare
Parsley Petroselinum crispum
Savory Satureia hortensis
Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus