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last updated Nov 30, 2011
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Dahlias are less troubled by rabbits

Rabbits graze a wide range of plants and can cause sufficient damage to kill young trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. This page provides some choices of plants that are relatively resistant to rabbits.

Introduction Back to top

Rabbits tend to be inquisitive feeders and are often attracted to new plantings, so some protective netting is advisable until the plants are established.

Practical considerations Back to top

Where feasible, rabbit-proof fencing can be installed arouind the garden to exclude rabbits.

Suitable plants Back to top

Soft wooded

Trees and shrubs

Quick facts

Five usually rabbit-resistant plants for:
Shade Hellebores
Full sun Sunflowers
Containers Impatiens (busy Lizzie)
Small tree Laurus nobilis (bay tree)
Shrub Buddleja davidii (butterfly bush)