June 28, 2002

Susceptibility of Plants to Rabbit Damage

Rabbits can cause extensive damage to flowers and vegetables in the home garden. Fortunately, some plants are usually ignored by browsing rabbits. In 1994, a survey of the feeding habits of rabbits was conducted by Master Gardeners and extension agents in Ohio. From this survey, preliminary lists of plants that are moderately to severely damaged by rabbits and those plants seldom damaged were developed. Home gardeners should be aware that the feeding habits of rabbits may vary due to fluctuations in the rabbit population, availability of alternate foods, and other factors.