Which Plants Are Safe for Your Pet Rabbit ?

Apparently, not all green plants are safe for your furry little friends or any other herbivore pet. If you are tired of having to feed your rabbit a particular green or flower, we’ve got you covered. Below is a long list of safe plants for your rabbits and just to ensure you stay safe, we also have a list of non-so-safe plants too.
Some rabbit pets owners and rabbit breeders who rely on commercially produced foods like pellets suffer a great deal in ensuring that their rabbits get feed nutritious foods but with the cost of pet food on the rise and the fear of genetically modified foods (GMO) affecting your rabbit’s well being; rabbit owners and breeders are on the lookout for more natural and safe way to feed their rabbits.
Just to let you know, your rabbit or any herbivores eating pets you have CAN effectively live on fresh greens –wild or homegrown and remain healthy and happy too.

Tips to Remember

The lists in this article are based on what thousands of rabbit owners and breeders we have interacted with feed their rabbits. You, however, have to remember that rabbits are of different breeds and a particular food might not suit your kind of rabbit.
Be mindful of the food your rabbit love and the greens they play in the garden. Furthermore, try to ask your vet, a rabbit breeder or Google what the nutritional content of the plants is and how it can help your rabbit grow better.
The lists here are well searched and researched, but that doesn’t make us infallible as it is your rabbit and you should take care of it.
Don’t poison your rabbitthe list here are safe, but you must know that rabbits are very fragile and too much of a particularly good thing is bad or can be bad for them.

Which plants are safe?

Rabbits are curious animals, behave just like babies, they don’t know what is wrong or right, so potted plant around the house and succulent greens in the garden are good for them, so before we start with the list, do this, when you are in doubt of a plant, keep it away from your rabbit and if the plant is the garden, put a fence around it.
Here goes,

The A’s

Apples – every part of the plant without the seeds
Alder
Alfalfa
Asparagus
Artichoke
Aster and the twigs and branches of Ash

B’s 

Birch (twigs and branches)
Bishop’s goutweed
Banana
Basil
Blackberry (brambles, leaves, and berries)
Black cherry
Blueberry
Bluegrass
Borage
Bok choy
Broccoli
Brussels sprout
Black oil sunflower seed
Tip – Limit the amount of Brussels and broccoli as they cause gas build-up in your rabbit.

C’s

Corn (organic and not GMO)
Calendula
Caraway
Crabapple (not seeds)
Cowberry and bushes
Cilantro and bloom
Comfrey
Coltsfoot
Chamomile and bloom
Carrots (limit intake due to sugar contents)
Cauliflower (limit due to gas build-up)
Celery
Cereal grains
Chervil
Celeriac and curly dock

D’s

Dogwood
Dandelion
Daisy
Dame’s rocket
Daylily and dewberry

E’s

Evening Primrose
Echinacea and Endive (limit the consumption due to gas build-up in their system)

F’s

Fir tree
Fireweed and all parts of the fennel plant

G’s

Geranium
Geum
Goutweed
Great willow herbs
Great plantain and blooms
Grains (wheat, barley, millet, and oat)
Grapes (organic only)
Gladiolus blooms
Garden nasturtium
Gallberry and garden cress

H’s

Honesty
Hollyhock
Helinium
Hazel
Hawthorn
Huckleberry
Horse nettle
Hazel (twigs and branches) and hyssop

I’s

Indian cress

J’s

Juniper (branches and twigs)
Jasmine blooms
Jalapenos
Jerusalem artichokes

K’s

Kale
Kohlrabi (be gentle with both due to gas build up)
Kudzu

L’s

Locust
Lettuce (dark green are better)
Lady Mantle
Lemon balm
Lespedezas and lovage

M’s

Mustard (greens and flowers)
Mulberry
Marguerite
Marjoram
Michaelmas daisy
Marigold
Mango
Maple (twig and branches)

N’s

Nettles
New Jersey tea
Nasturtium

O’s

Oxeye daisy
Oregano
Orchid oats (all forms- whole, crimpled or rolled)
Okra

P’s

Pear (all but seeds)
Paspalum
Parsley (roots and leaves- great for bacterial balance)
Papaya and pineapple (the fresh fruit contains enzymes that help reduced fur block in rabbits)
Panicum
Pumpkin
Plantain and blooms
Pot Marigold
Poison ivy
Peppers
Peach fruits
Pines (don’t feed when they reach breeding age)
Parsnips

R’s

Rucola
Roses
Red Maple
Romaine Lettuce
Rosemary
Raspberry and leaves
Ragweed
Radishes (whole)

S’s

Sunflower
Spruce tree
Stock
Safflower
Sassafras
Sedges
Sheep sorrel
Sage (sage blooms)
Speedwell
Spinach
Strawberry plant
Sumac
Salad burnet and bloom

T’s

Tarragon
Turnips (limit consumption due to gas build up)
Tomatoes (only ripe fruits not green)
Thyme and timothy hay.

V’s

Vetches

W’s

Wheatgrass
Willows
Wild lettuces
White oak
Wild pansy
Woodland geranium

Z’s

Zucchini

The above is a list of pet safe plants for your rabbit –quite an extensive list, so which plants are unsafe?

Unsafe Plants for your Rabbit

Some of the plants listed here are not all unsafe; just some portion of it which will be indicated.

A’s

Acokanthera (fruits and flower)
Aconite
Agapanthus
Aloe Vera
Alsike clover
Amanita
African rue
Amaryllis (bulbs)
Apple (seed)
Anemone
Angel trumpet tree (flower, leaves and seeds)
Apricot (pits)
Arrowgrass
Arrowhead vine
Asparagus fern
Avocado

B’s

Balsam-pear (seed and outer rind of the fruit)
Baneberry (berries, roots and foliage)
Baccharis
Beach pea
Begonia
Beefsteak plants
Beargrass
Belladonna lily (bulbs)
Bird of paradise bush (seeds and pods)
Bitterweed
Black locust (bark, sprout and foliage)
Black nightshade (leaves and berries)
Bloodroot
Blue-green algae
Bleeding heart
Bladderpods
Branching ivy
Broomcorn
Broomweed
Bottlebrush
Boston ivy
Buckeye (sprout and nuts)
Buttercup and butterfly weed

C’s

Candelabra cactus
Calla lily
California holly leaves
Calico bush (young leaves and shoots)
Caladium
California fern
Cactus thorn
Cardinal flower
Carnation,
Cassava (roots and sap)
Cassine berries
Castor bean (seeds and leaves)
Ceriman
Cherries (wild or cultivated twigs, foliage, bark and pits)
Jerusalem cherry (fruits and leaves)
Chestnut
Chinaberry tree (berry)
Coffee bean
Clover
Cohosh
Christmas rose
Cocklebur
Colorado rubber weed
Coralberry
Coral plants
Corn cockle
Columbine
Cowslip
Crab eye
Corn plant
Crown of thorns (leaves and flowers)
Cyclamen

D’s

Daffodils
Daphne berries
Death camas
Death cup
Desert tobacco
Destroying angel
Devil’s tomato,
Dianthus
Devil’s ivy
Dracaena palm
Dumb cane
Dragon tree
Doll’s eyes (root, berries and foliage)

E’s

Eggplants
Elephant ear
English ivy
Emerald feather
Elderberry
Evening trumpet
Exotica perfection
Euonymus

F’s

False parsley
Fiddleneck (bark and fruits)
Firethorn
False henbane
Firecracker
Fluffy ruffles
Fly poison
Fool’s parsley
Fox wood
Frijolito
Fruit salad plant
Foxglove

G’s

garden sorrel
German ivy
Ghostweed
Giant dumbcane
glacier ivy
Glory lily
Gold Dust Dracaena
Goatweed
Golden Chain tree
ground ivy
Groundsel
Greasewood gold tooth aloe

H’s

heart ivy
heartleaf
heavenly bamboo
halogeton
Hawaiian baby wood rose
hedge apples
hemlock
hemp leaves
Hogwarts
horsetail
horse nettle
hyacinth
horsebrush
Holly leaves and berries
horse chestnut
hydrangea

I’s

Indian hemp
Indian tobacco
Indigo
Indian tulips
Indian laurel
Impatiens
Inkweed
Indian rubber weed
iris
ivy

J’s

Jatropha
java beans (uncooked)
Jerusalem cherry
Jessamine (flower, leaves and berries)
jequirity bean,
Jack-in-the-pulpit
Jamestown weed
Jimmy fern Jimson weed
Juniper

L’s

lambkill leaves
larkspur
Cuban Laurel
lantana camara green berries
lecheguilla
lady slipper
lima bean(uncooked)
lily of the valley
locoweed
lords and –ladies
lupine

M’s

Marsh Marigold Flowers

Machineel
marsh marigold
mandrake
marble queen
mayapple
marijuana
majesty
marigold
mescal bean
Mesquite
medicine plant
Mexican breadfruit
Milkweed
Mistletoe
Milo
Monkshood
moccasin flower
morning glory
mushroom
mother-in-law
mountain laurel (shoots and leaves)

N’s

Natal cherry
Nightshade
night blooming
needlepoint ivy
Narcissus
O’s
Oaks
Oxalis
ornamental tobacco
orange sneezeweed
orange milkweed

P’s

Panda
paradise plant
parlor ivy
Partridge breast
peach
parsnip
pear seed
pencil cactus
peyote cactus tops
periwinkle
perill mint
pingue
pinks
philodendron
plum seeds
plumose
poinsettia
poison hemlock
poison nut
pokeberry
pokeroot
poison sumac
potato green leaves
Primrose
primula
prickly poppy
purple sesbane
psychic nuts(seed and oil)
pyracantha

Q’s

Queen Anne Lace

R’s

Rattlebox
Ranunculus
Rattleweed
red sage
rhubarb
ribbon plant
red princess
red clover
ripple ivy
rosary bean
rosebay
rosemary
rubber plant
rum cherry(the withered leaves)

S’s

sweetheart ivy
Sudangrass
sago palm
sage
saddle leaf
sand begonia
Scotch broom
satin pathos
Senna bean
snap weed
snapdragon
skunk cabbage
shamrock plant
silver lining plant
Solomon’s seal
snake palm
sorghum
snowdrop
snow on the mountain
snake palm
spider mum
spotted dumb cane
sorrel
snakeroot
star of Bethlehem
stickweed
St. Johnson
spurge
squirrel corn
spurge
sweet pea

T’s

Tansy
taro vine
taro
toadstool
tiger lily
tobacco
touch-me-not
tropic snow
tomato leave and vines
trumpet
tulip bulb
true aloe
turpentine weed

U’s

umbrella plant

V’s

Venus fly trap
violet plant seeds
Virginia creeper
Victoria Regia

W’s

Wild black cherry
wild carrot
wild Jasmine
wild cucumber
wild snakeroot
water hemlock
wild carrot
wisteria
windflower
wood rose
Woodbine sap
wild peas,

Y’s

Yellow knapweed
Yam been root and immature pods
Yellow jasmine
Yellow starthistle
Yellow holly berries
Yew
Yerba depasmo
Yellow oleander

While you can’t get through the list of good or bad plants for your rabbit, there are some tips to have to remember to keep them healthy.

Tips

Although cucumber and light green lettuce have high water contents, they have little or no nutrients, and too much of them can cause diarrhea in rabbit until their system get used to it. You do, however, have to make sure you address such changes when you change or introduce a new veggie to them.
Some people feed cabbage to their rabbits while this is not bad per se, regular consumption can enlarge the thyroid glands and hard on the digestive system
Don’t ever feed your rabbit dairy or any food that contain dairy whether pasteurized or not
Avoid all genetically modified food like a plague, it interferes with their fertility process and can cause infertility and cancer in rabbits
Peanuts and potatoes are good, but the rabbit is at risk of getting a mold infection.

Don’t Feed Rabbit Too Much of the following

Rabbits have a fragile digestive system, while some foods are great; too much is detrimental to their well-being. Foods like grains, nuts, corn, beans, potatoes, shoots, whole seed, and peas contain high starch and sugar levels that interrupt healthy bacteria setting of the stomach lining caused serve diarrhea and death in baby rabbits.
Beans are good when cooked but don’t feed your rabbit raw beans
Herbs and spices like onion, garlic, leeks, and chives are not great for rabbits; they suppress their immune system, cause hemolysis and even anaphylactic shock in some breed of rabbits
Most seeds and pits of fruits are toxic as they contain cyanide. Rabbits should not be fed chocolate either.

Twigs and Branches

While twigs and branches are a way for rabbits to get their oral hygiene done, not all twigs and branches are safe for your pet. Some twigs and branches to avoid are plum, peaches, cherries, almonds, nectarine, apricot, and others.
Rabbits are fun, furry and cute pets; though they are herbivores or vegetarian, not all plants are good for them.
The list above will give you an insight on what to or not to for the well being of your rabbit.

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