Rabbit Proof Plants

Using rabbit proof plants around your home or garden will help deter hungry rabbits and deer from turning your hard work and money into an all you can eat salad bar. 

I love to watch rabbits and deer as they roam around our property. However, I like to watch them from a distance.

As they begin to gravitate towards our plants, shrubs or vegetable garden I know they only have one thing in mind........food!

Chances are if you like to garden you've fallen victim to a hungry animal.  

Besides choosing plants that rabbits find unappealing, you should also consider rabbit repellents, fencing and even traps to help control the population.

The plants that rabbits or deer choose to eat depends on several different factors.  Climate, rainfall and the age of the plant can change an animals food preference.

As a general rule, this list gives several examples of plants that rabbits find less appetizing, therefor they have a reduced possibility of being eaten.


Annuals, Bulbs And Perennials

Agave

Alyssum

Artemisia

Aster

Balsam

Beard Tongue

Bee Balm

Begonia

Blackfoot Daisy

Blanket Flower

Bleeding Heart

Blue Fescue

California Fuchsia

California Poppy

Candytuft

Catnip

Centaurea

Columbine

Coreopsis

Cranesbill

Crocus

Crown-Pink

Daffodil

Dahlia

Daylily

Dead Nettle

Snapdragons

Swan River Daisy

Sweet Violet

Euphorbia

False Spiraea

Feather Grass

Ferns

Fleabane

Forget-Me-Not

Gloriosa Daisy

Herbs (Not Including Basil)

Iris

Lamb's Ears

Merigolds

Moss Pink

Naked Lady

Oregano

Oriental Poppy

Pincushion Flower

Pink Sea Thrift

Red-Hot Poker

Santolina

Saxifrage

Serbian Beltflower

Snow-In-Summer

Speedwell

Squill

Straw Flower

Thyme

Verbena

Yarrow


Vegetables

Artichokes

Asparagus

Cucumbers

Egg Plants

Onions

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Squash

Tomatoes


Shrubs

Bamboo

Barberry

Boxwood

Butterfly Bush

Brittlebush

Cotoneaster

Chuparosa

Cinquefoil

Currant

Dalea

Daphne

Fairy Duster

Firethorn

Flowering Quince

Glossy Abelia

Heavenly Bamboo

Holly

Jojoba

Juniper

Kerria Japonica

Lantana

lavender

Leucophyllum

Lilac

Littleleaf Cordia

Manzanita

Oregon Grape

Rosemary

Sage

Sumac

Turpentine Bush

Viburnum


Overall - Rabbit Proof Plants

When it comes to planting flowers, shrubs or a vegetable garden, a rabbit or deer will eat just about anything if it's hungry enough.

However, choosing some options from the lists above will significantly decrease the amount of wildlife damage you experience around your home.  

Remember, simply planting things that rabbits avoid may not be enough to completely protect your lawn or garden.  For best results, use additional precautions like rabbit repellents or a rabbit proof fence.


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