If you have a house with rabbits, and you also want to keep some houseplants around, you’re probably wondering which ones are safe. You will be pleased to know that tons of options are available to you. Basil, wheatgrass, and jade plants are just a few examples of what you can add to your home with zero concern for your rabbits.
Which Houseplants Can I Keep With Rabbits?
Before we start to cover specific house plants that are rabbit-friendly, you should take a moment to decide how you want to approach this.
Obviously, you can keep any houseplant in a home with rabbits. However, it’s important to define which varieties you want.
You can choose to simply only keep plants that are safe for rabbits to eat if they happen to. Those are the plants we are going to be focusing on today. You can also choose plants that are unlikely to cause harm if digested but should still be kept away as much as possible. Jade plants are considered for the moderately safe list by many experts.
Then there are plants that are completely toxic to rabbits. Either keep these plants out of your home altogether or guarantee that your rabbits cannot access them at any time. Examples include aloe vera and the Peace Lilly plants.
The Safest Houseplants For Rabbits
If you’ve made up your mind to focus on the safest houseplants for rabbits, here are some of the most popular choices.
Basil is 100% safe for rabbits to chew on. Keep in mind that rabbits belong to a group of animals known as lagomorphs. As such, they can safely ingest stuff like hay, greens, twigs, leaves, or even most fruits. Herbs such as basil make the cut because they are a type of leafy green vegetable.
Rabbits also like basil for its fresh, often powerful scent. If you are cultivating some in your home or backyard, you don’t need to worry about a thing. In fact, you can even give them some as a treat.
Just remember that while most herbs are fine for rabbits, some have scents and flavoring that might not be pleasant for them. Make sure to research anything you have!
This isn’t one people necessarily think of. Why not? Not only can this bring greenery into your space in a truly unique way, but it can also give your rabbits something that is absolutely safe to chew on, if need be.
There are quite a few different options on the market. Here is just one example of what you can find.
While you are free to purchase these grass patches, which are technically designed as potty-training tools for dogs, there is also the option to make it on your own. Check out this video on how to do exactly that (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkHg21wS_TE).
This is where we get into the territory of plants that are largely safe for rabbits. By this, we mean that if they wind up taking a nibble or two, they will almost certainly be fine. What you want to do is keep them away from the rabbits as much as possible.
Also known as the money plant or money tree, jade plants are among the most popular examples of succulents to be found anywhere. Their thickish, tree-like stems offer a striking, beneficial addition to any home. These plants also benefit from being very easy to care for.
Will jade plants harm your rabbits? Probably not, if they manage to sneak off a bite or even two. Despite their reputation for being poisonous to animals, there really isn’t any evidence of harm occurring. All the same, this is NOT the type of plant you want a rabbit snacking on regularly.
We recommend highly that you keep a close watch over your rabbit if they ingest anything from the jade plant.
Thankfully, because they prefer bright and sunny locations, keeping them away from the rabbits shouldn’t be an issue.
The popularity of roses for plants you can keep at home is iconic at this point. You will also be pleased to know that these plants do not pose any significant threat to the health of your rabbits.
Best of all, when those roses start to droop a little bit, you can give them to your rabbits as a yummy treat. They are particularly partial to the petals, which you can serve to them fresh or dried. While not something you need to give them all the time, it is still something to keep in mind.
Rabbits can eat every part of the rose. If you like, toss some around their hay. Not only does this give them a fun forage opportunity, but it probably means eating more essential hay, as well.
This would refer to the entire family of this particular type. Spearmint, chocolate mint, and peppermint are all examples of mint plants that are safe for rabbits to eat.
Obviously, you don’t want to give your rabbits anything along with the lines of gum or any form of candy. The plants themselves, however, are perfectly fine for your rabbits. This would also be another example of plants that are not only safe for rabbits but could also be enjoyed as a treat.
You will also want to be careful to make sure you’re choosing something from the right group of mint plants. The mint plants we discussed above are known as Mentha plants. Perilla mint plants, which include Japanese basil and beefsteak mint, are not safe for rabbits to eat.
Spider plants are considered to be one of the best plants for beginners to own plants in the first place. They can work in a variety of different spaces, offer splendid greenery, and are very easy to care for.
While there doesn’t seem to be a lot of evidence either way about their toxicity to rabbits specifically, these plants are considered safe for animals in general.
As hanging plants, you can also be reasonably certain that your rabbits won’t even get to them in the first place. However, if this happens, don’t panic! Just keep an eye on them.
Whether kept outside or potted indoors, bellflowers are one of the most beautiful examples of the plants we’ve covered on this list thus far. Given their beauty alone, it stands to reason that you will want to keep them as far away from your rabbits as you can.
But if your rabbit winds up taking a bite of one? The odds are extremely high that no harm will come to them. This would be another case of just watching over the rabbit for any signs of change in their diet or behavior.
This is another one that is not only beneficial to keep around for a variety of reasons but can also be enjoyed by your rabbit as a relatively healthy snack. This is one plant with a long list of potential benefits, which includes improved sleep, fighting fungus, and reducing stress. The fact that you can also include its appeal to rabbits on that list makes it special.
There is even the possibility that lavender plants can make it easier for your rabbits to get the proper rest. There is no concrete evidence of this, but it is worth taking note of all the same.
One of the most likable qualities associated with the Calatheas is the range of different examples you can find. This is one plant that comes in a wonderful variety of sizes and styles. You can almost certainly find something that will look gorgeous in your home.
At the same time, you won’t need to worry about the toxicity of this plant where your pets are concerned. Calatheas are considered to be safe for virtually all pets, and you can easily add rabbits to that list.
The Calathea Tristar and The Calathea Orbifolia are seen by many as being among the safest for rabbits in this particular regard. Just make certain to keep them out of direct sunlight, as this is a plant that can burn very easily.
Also, when it comes to their care, just keep an eye on the leaves themselves. Regardless of the specific type you own, they are going to need a drink of water when their leaves begin to droop.
Which Plants Are Truly Toxic For Rabbits
As we touched on before, there are also plants that should be kept completely away from your rabbits. If your rabbit should ingest any toxic plants, call an emergency vet immediately.
Peace Lilly plants and aloe vera plants are two examples we touched on at the top of this article. Aloe Vera in particular is among the most toxic of them all. Alocasia plants and English ivy plants are both considered to be very toxic to rabbits, as well.
Less toxic, but still quite dangerous examples include Pothos plants, Caladium plants, and tulips.
Shopping For Rabbit-Safe Plants
At the end of the day, just do a quick safety check for rabbits for any plant you want to bring into your home.