Diana C Posts: 1
I am trying to make a list of plants that rabbits won't eat. I know they don't mind prickly things like roses and holly. I guess they aren't keen on the sap in euphorbias. Are there any plants, particularly smaller flowery ones, that they won't touch? Thanks.
In my experience there's not much they won't try unfortunately, and strangely holly holds no fear for them. I've seen holly bushes decimated unless they're protected initially. The only way is to fully protect any new shrubs you plant until they're established enough to be able to withstand some nibbling. Lots of damage is done by youngsters so keep protection on till they're big enough to keep clear of certain things they find unpalatable. They don't touch daffs and snowdrops and I found Pieris was often left alone. I had Acers, Berberis, Junipers, Honeysuckle and Clematis with no problem once they were mature, and Schizostylus (Kaffir lily) Lady's Mantle, Lilies, Phormiums, Potentillas and Loosestrife were left alone even as younger plants. Perennials are tricky because they just go for the new growth as soon as it appears. We had little Welsh poppies which they seemed to leave alone too. High raised beds with no means for them to jump up are the best solution if you want some nice flowers. Good luck!
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
could you get rid of the rabbits? Those which live in my garden are kept under control by the foxes which live here too. The seem to have reached an understanding of sorts.
...no experience of this personally, but I have a whole list here of plants that are considered rabbit proof...
..just a few from a list of about 80 or so and might include those by Fairygirl...
Agapanthus, Aquilegia, Alchemilla, Bergenia,Brunnera, Corydalis,Crocosmia,Digitalis,Geranium, Hemerocallis...Kniphofia, Pulmonaria,Sedum, Trillium...etc..etc...
..if you want me to type out the rest...give me some time ..lol.
...I suppose nothing is guaranteed...
This site has a list http://www.complete-gardens.co.uk/online/online-gardening-plant-solutions-category.php?cat=15
My problem was deer, partially solved by high fencing.
I have a list typed out somewhere in my files, I'll look it out, it had some practical advise for someone who kept horses too, she didn't want them poisoned, but the same advise would do if you have children, because plants that rabbits avoid are often poisonous to them and other creatures. I'll send it if I can find it.
Trees and shrubs
(monkey puzzle tree)
(box) -Some toxic alkaloids
- Toxic to humans
Daphne mezereum (mezereum)
Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata'
- hardy types - but has irritant sap
- Toxic to humans
Hypericum calycinum (rose of Sharon) - Toxic to humans
- Toxic to humans.
cvs. (tree mallow)
(privet) –alkaloid toxins.
Olearia × haastii
Paeonia (peonies - 'tree' types)
spp. (mock orange)
Poncirus trifoliata (Japanese bitter orange)
(currant - fruiting and ornamental types)
(spiny species roses, not hybrid teas etc)
Symphoricarpos albus (snowberry) – berry is toxic to humans
(lilac) Can cause colic in quantity.
(snowball bush, guelder rose)
(periwinkle) - Toxic to humans
Hope this is helpful – Dinah.
(monkshood) –definitely very toxic to humans.
Adonis (Pheasants eye) - Toxic to humans
- Toxic to humans
& (Japanese anemones) Toxic to humans
(columbine) - Toxic to humans
Artichoke, globe and Jerusalem
Asclepias (Swallow wort) - Toxic to humans
Catharanthus (Periwinkle) - Toxic to humans
Chelidonium majus (Celandine) - Toxic to humans
(glory of the snow)
(lily of the valley) - toxic to humans.
Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass)
(hardy cyclamen) - Toxic to humans
Datura (Thorn apple) –Very toxic to humans
Delphinium- Toxic to humans, though rabbits take nibbles in my experience.
(foxgloves) toxic to humans.
(leopard's bane) Very toxic to humans.
(dog's tooth violet)
Also to add to trees and shrubs list Wiegella and Yucca
(spurges) - Toxic to humans and irritant sap.
Fritillaria (fritillaries) - Toxic to humans
(not H. niger ) (hellebore) - Toxic to humans and irritant sap
(irises) - Toxic to humans
Kniphofia (red hot poker)
Linum perenne (flax)
(lupins) - causes gastric problems.
Melissa officinalis (bee balm)
(daffodil) – may be toxic to horses, certainly toxic to humans.
(catmint) - Attracts cats almost as much as Actinidia (Kiwi vine)!
Nicotiana alata – sedative to goats in quite moderate quantities - Toxic to humans.
Papaver somniferum (opium poppy) - Toxic to humans, Contains several alkaloids.
Pulsatilla (Pasque flower) - Toxic to humans
Petasites fragrans (winter heliotrope)
(New Zealand flax)
Phytolacca (poke weed)