QUICK LIST: Gardening for your Bunny

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  1. May 24, 2010 #1

    NorthernAutumn

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    RABBIT-SAFE GARDEN PLANTS

    Flowering Plants
    African violet
    Apple flowers
    Aster
    Baby's Tears
    Bachelor's Buttons
    Ball Fern
    (Davallia bullata)
    Calendulas/Pot Marigolds
    Camellia
    Coral Bells (Heucheria)
    Cockscomb
    Daisy
    Dandelion
    Day Lilies (Not actually Lilies... These are of the family Hemerocalis - stick to the blossoms)

    Fireweed (aka willow herb)
    Fuschia
    Gardenia
    Gladiolus (blossoms only - rest of plant is toxic. Do not allow access)
    Hosta
    Hyssop (Agastache spp. only: eg.
    Giant hyssop or Anise hyssop Agastache foeniculum, or Licorice Mint Agastache rupestris)
    Lavender
    Lilac
    Pansy
    Pot Marigolds/Calendulas
    Miner's Lettuce
    Nasturtiums
    Rose
    Snapdragon
    Sweet Pea - (NOT the ornamental variety: seeds cause lathyrism, a neurological disease)
    Sunflower
    Violet
    Vibernum
    Willow herb
    Zinnia

    Herbs
    Basil:Lemon, Globe, Thai, Mammoth, Sweet, Genevieve, cinnamon basil, lime basil, lemon basil, sweet basil, licorice basil

    Borage
    Camomile
    Caraway
    Clover
    Chervil
    Comfrey
    Coriander/Cilantro
    Dill:
    Fernleaf, Mammoth
    Garden Cress
    Lavender (Not for pregnant does; can cause fetal expulsion)
    Lemon Balm
    Lovage
    Marjoram
    Mint:
    pineapple mint, apple mint, orange mint, peppermint, lemon thyme, , "licorice mint" (anise hyssop), spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, and basil mint.
    Oregano: Italian, Greek, GOlden
    Peppermint
    Parsley: Curly and Flat-Leaf
    Rosemary
    Sage: Pineapple Sage is particularly aromatic
    Salad Burnet, Small Burnet
    Summer Savory
    Tarragon: French, Russian
    Thyme (including
    lemon thyme)


    Fruit
    Apple
    Blackberry
    Black currant
    Blueberry
    Currant
    Grape (fruit, leaf and vine are edible)
    Huckleberry
    Raspberry
    Red currant
    Rosehip
    Strawberry

    Forbes/Grasses/Weed-like Species


    Agrimony
    Dandelion (shouldn't be too hard to grow ;) )
    Chickweed
    Clover (white)
    Cress
    Nettles (must be dried first to remove the "sting")
    Oat Grass
    Orchard Grass
    Plantain Leaves
    Rye Grass
    Wheat grass
    Yarrow (limited quantities)

    Vegetables


    See QUICK LIST: Rabbit-Safe Foods

    The following can be grown for rabbits, but should be inaccessible, as portions of these plants are toxic for rabbits
    :
    Tomatoes (Only fruit can be eaten. No stems or leaves or tops)


    Also see:
    Feeding Your Rabbit
    QUICK LIST: Rabbit-Safe Foods
    QUICK LIST: International Rabbit-safe Food
    Vegetables


    RO Threads


    RO Library: Rabbit Manure and Its Potential

    Member Threads

    Composting
    Rabbit Poo as Fertilizer
    Growing Veggies and Flowers for Rabbits
    Safe Aromatic Herb Garden for Bunnies
    Growing Bunny-Safe Flowers
    Planting Grass for the Buns and Piggies
    Bunny-Safe Plants and Flowers?
    Flower/Dried Hay Treats


    EXTERNAL REFERENCES
    ***3Bunnies: "Non-toxic Plants" http://www.3bunnies.org/non_toxic_plants.htm
    ***3Bunnies: "Toxic Plants": http://3bunnies.org/poisonous_plants.htm

    Camilla Bergstrom: http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_diseases/Food/feeding_en.pdf

    "Gardening for Bunnies" Karla Ortman http://www.wisconsinhrs.org/Articles/Gardening%20for%20Bunnies.htm
    Basil's Garden: http://twincomics.com/garden.html
    Rabbit-Safe Plants : http://kanin.org/node/189

    There is a very extensive list of pet-safe plants here: http://www.sniksnak.com/plants.html. They also list toxic plants.


    ***Difference between Pot Marigolds and Common Marigolds:

    Common marigold Tagetes:
    http://www.sunnygardens.com/images/1934.jpg
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e7/French_marigold_Tagetes_patula.jpg

    Calendula /Pot Marigold Asteracea:
    http://www.plantcare.com/oldSite/httpdocs/images/namedImages/calendula_officinalis.jpg
    http://www.sciencephoto.com/images/showFullWatermarked.html/B539218-Pot_marigold_%28Calendula_officinalis%29-SPL.jpg?id=665390218


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    Copyright Autumn Gambles (2010) - Reproduced with Permission.
     
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  2. May 31, 2010 #2

    Hazel-Mom

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    Just a few remarks...
    General observation: If only the flowers of a certain plant are safe, maybe it should not be in the rabbit-safe garden plants? I consider rabbit-safe to mean that a rabbit can run around in the garden, and occasionally nibble on plants, without being harmed.
    Maybe also point out that although many plants are rabbit-safe, they are not necesarily food plants or nutritious. Though flower petals, and the leaves of some, can always be mixed with the regular greens, to give some variety.

    Flowering Plants
    Be carefull with sweat pea (the ornamental variety). The seeds of those can be toxic. Not deadly, but if eaten in large amounts, they can cause lathyrism, a nuerological disease.

    I'm not sure about Hyssop, I know it is used medicinally, but don't know that I would eat or feed it. You may be thinking of the genus Agastache. Several of the plants in this genus have a common name with "hyssop" in it. The main one I grow (and feed to Hazel) is "Agastache foeniculum", common name is "Giant hyssop or Anise hyssop", though the leaftips of most agastaches are edible. Another, Agastache rupestris, is called "Licorice Mint", though it is not really a mint.

    There are many more garden plants that are safe.
    Viburnum, Baby's Tears, Ball Fern (Davallia bullata), Salvia (Scarlet sage, Texas sage), Coral Bells (Heucheria), snapdragon, African violet, Miner's Lettuce, Fire weed (willow herb), Camellia... There is a very extensive list of pet-safe plants here: http://www.sniksnak.com/plants.html. They also list toxic plants.

    Herbs
    Need to sort out the "Mints" listing :). You list all sorts of herbs there that aren't mint, like all the basils, pineapple sage, lemon thyme and licorice mint, which is an agastache, just like anise hyssop.

    Oregano: some varieties are Italian oregano, Greek oregano, golden oregano.

    Tarragon: French tarragon, Russian tarragon (mexican, or Texas, tarragon is "Tagetes lucida", a different family).

    Fruit
    You could also add blackberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant, huckleberry, apple.

     
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  3. May 23, 2017 #3

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    This is a good list. Although I am NOT feeding my bunnies the pretty coral bells I just bought haha.
     
  4. May 28, 2017 #4

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    Northern Autumn, Thanks very much for this helpful list of safe garden plants. I now plan to offer herbs sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender, lemon balm, to my rabbits. My rabbits love grapes and blueberries.
     

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