Rabbit Resistant Plants

Rabbits tend to avoid plants with unusual characteristics like a strong flower or foliage fragrance, and fuzzy/spiny leaf textures. If a plant exhibits resistance, those in the same family are also likely candidates for resistance.

Note: Resistance will naturally vary by location and the severity of food shortages any given year. For more details about each plant, please refer to individual cultivar signs, or consult one of our Swanson’s nursery professionals. 

annuals

BORAGE Borago officinalis (LW)
CALADIUM Caladium spp.
CALENDULA Calendula officinalis (LW)
FLOWERING TOBACCO Nicotiana spp.
LOBELIA Lobelia erinus
LUPINE Lupinus spp.
MARIGOLD Tagetes spp.
SNAPDRAGON Antirrhinum spp. (LW)
STOCK 

perennials

ASTILBE Astilbe spp.
BEAR’S BREECHES Acanthus spp. (LW)
BEARDTONGUE Penstemon spp. (LW)
BELLFLOWER Campanula spp. (LW)
BERGENIA Bergenia spp. (LW)
BISHOP’S HAT Epimedium spp. (LW)
BLACK-EYED SUSAN Rudbeckia hirta (LW)
BLANKET FLOWER Gaillardia spp. (LW)
BLEEDING HEART Dicentra spp.
BLUE-EYED GRASS Sisyrinchium spp. (LW)
BUTTERFLY WEED Asclepias tuberosa
CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA Zauschneria californica (LW)
CAPE FUCHSIA Phygelius capensis (LW)
CATMINT Nepeta spp. (LW)
COLUMBINE Aquilegia spp.
CORAL BELLS Heuchera spp. (LW)
COREOPSIS Coreopsis spp. (LW)
DAISY Chrysanthemum spp.
DAYLILY Hemerocallis spp.
DOUGLAS IRIS Iris douglasiana(LW)
EUPHORBIA Euphorbia spp. (LW)
FALSE SOLOMON’S SEAL Smilacina racemosa (S)
FLAX Linum perenne (LW)
FLEABANE Erigeron karvinskianus (LW)
FOAMFLOWER Tiarella trifoliata (S)
FRINGECUP Tellima grandiflora (S)
GAYFEATHER Liatris spp. (LW)
HARDY CYCLAMEN Cyclamen spp. (LW)
HARDY GERANIUM Geranium spp.
LADY’S MANTLE Alchemilla mollis (LW)
LENTEN ROSE Helleborus spp.
LUNGWORT Pulmonaria spp. (S)
MONKHOOD Aconitum spp. (LW)
PEONY Paeonia spp. (LW)
PINCUSHION FLOWER Scabiosa caucasica (LW)
POKER PLANT Kniphofia spp. (LW)
ROSE CAMPION Lychnis coronaria (LW)
SEDUM Sedum spp. (LW)
SOLOMON’S SEAL Polygonatum spp. (LW) (S)
STARFLOWER Trientalis latifolia
TRILLIUM Trillium spp. (S)
VIOLA Viola spp.
WILD GINGER Asarum caudatum (S)
YARROW Achillea spp. (LW)

herbs

CHIVES Allium schoenoprasum
HYSSOP Hyssopus officinalis
LAVENDER Lavandula spp. (LW)
LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis
MINTS Mentha spp.
OREGANO Origanum vulgare (LW)
ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis (LW)
SAGE Salvia officinalis (LW)
THYME Thymus spp. (LW)

groundcovers and shrubs

AJUGA Ajuga spp. (LW)
COTONEASTER Cotoneaster spp. (LW)
EMERALD CARPET Rubus pentalobus (LW)
FALSE LILY OF VALLEY Maianthemum dilatatum (S)
HEATHER Erica spp.
HONEYSUCKLE Lonicera spp. (LW)
KINNICKINNICK Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (LW)
LAMB’S EARS Stachys byzantina (LW)
POINT REYES CREEPER Ceanothus gloriosus (LW)
SAND STRAWBERRY Fragaria spp. (LW)
SWEET WOODRUFF Galium odoratum (S)
TWINFLOWER Linnea borealis (S)
WINTERGREEN Gaultheria spp. (S)
WOOD SORREL Oxalis oregana (S)

northwest natives

GERMANDER Teucrium chamaedrys (LW)
LOW OREGON GRAPE Mahonia nervosa (LW) (S)
PIGGYBACK PLANT Tolmiea menziesii (S)
SALAL Gaultheria shallon (LW)
SANTOLINA Santolina spp. (LW)