Rabbit Resistant Plants
A Repellent that Works
Rabbits can do a lot of damage to your garden. They'll eat your plants all year long. They tend to avoid tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, corn and potatoes. Almost everything else is up for grabs. Flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs are all on the menu. Tulips are a particular favorite if the deer don't get to them first. This list is both rabbit-resistant and deer-resistant. *Marks the so-called slug-resistant plants.
Aquilegia (Columbine) *
Armeria (Pink Sea Thrift) *
Artemisia (Sage) *
Astilbe (False Spiraea) *
Impatiens (Impatiens) *
Begonia (Begonia) *
Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)*
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)*
Geranium (Cranesbill) *
Iberis (Candytuft) *
Lamium maculatum (Dead Nettle) *
Myosotis scorpioides (Forget-Me-Not) * Narcissus hybrids (Daffodil) *
Origanum (Oregano) *
Papaver (Oriental Poppy) *
Penstemon (Beard Tongue) *
Phlox subulata (Moss Pink) *
Rudbeckia hirta (Black-Eyed Susan) *
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower) *
Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears) *
Veronica (Speedwell) *
Acer circinatum (Vine Apple)
Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)
Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree)
Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir)
GROUND COVERS & VINES
Ajuga (Carpet Bugle)
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Dwarf Plumbago)
Hedera helix (English Ivy) *
Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge)
Parthenocissus (Virgina Creeper)
Vinca (Periwinkle) *
Here’s a short list of the plants rabbits like best:
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
Ilex (Holly) *
Lantana (Lantana) *
Lavandula (Lavender) *
Potentilla (Cinquefoil) *
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) *
Viburnum (Viburnum) *
Click here for more plants rabbits avoid.
Vegetables—beans, beet, broccoli, carrot, lettuce, and peas.
Tree and berry crops—almond, apple, blackberry, cherry, citrus, pistachio, plum, raspberry, and strawberry.
Herbs—cilantro and parsley.
Ornamental plants—various flowers, shrubs, trees, and turf.
There's a commercial repellent product that is available now that really works. It is Rabbit Scram. Rather than a liquid spray, Rabbit Scram is a natural organic granular repellant that is effective and safe to use around children, pets and your vegetables. I’m very impressed that the owner of this company has applied a scientific approach to not only researching ingredients that work, but also why they work as well.
Rabbit Scram is different because it is more than just an offensive scent or unpleasant taste to foraging rabbits. It is blended from selected organic and natural components and is sniffed off the ground by foraging rabbits before they enter the garden.
The product actually changes rabbit behavior. As they near the applied barrier, rabbits become alert to a sense of danger. Rabbit Scram’s unique scent triggers a genetic biological defense mechanism to flee. Regular applications create a barrier 24 hours a day and won't wash off with rain as many spray repellents do.
As opposed to Tabasco sauce, Rabbit Scram is guaranteed to keep rabbits off your plantings. We are very happy to be working with this company. They also provide Mole Scram and Deer Scram that have the same scientific effectiveness. Here is more information on some of the other common animals to repel from the garden. Read more on Rabbits Deer Gophers & Moles
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