Rabbit and Deer Resistant Plants

Ben HenryMay 17, '20
Rabbit and Deer Resistant Plants

Rabbit and deer are frequent pests in Northern Illinois gardens. While the below list represents plants they generally avoid, it is important to keep in mind that as food supplies dwindle, rabbits and deer will begin to eat things they normally would not.

Rabbit Resistant Plants

In general, rabbits are discouraged by:
Very aromatic plants; prickles and spines; and tough, leathery leaves

  • Achillea
  • Agastache
  • Ajuga
  • Alchemilla
  • Anemone
  • Aquilegia
  • Artemisia
  • Aruncas
  • Aster
  • Astilbe
  • Bergenia
  • Brunnera
  • Centaurea
  • Centranthus
  • Cimifuga
  • Convallaria
  • Cortaderia (grass
  • Corydalis
  • Crocosmia
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis
  • Eupatorium
  • Euphorbia robbiae
  • Galium
  • Geranium
  • Helianthus
  • Helleborus
  • Hemerocallis
  • Heuchera
  • Hosta
  • Houttuynia
  • Iris,Kniphofia
  • Lamium
  • Liriope
  • Miscanthus (grass)
  • Nepeta
  • Ophiopogon Origanum
  • Peoria
  • Penstemon
  • Persicaria
  • Polygonatum
  • Pulmonaria
  • Rodgersia

Deer Resistant Plants

  • Achillea
  • Aconitum
  • Agastache
  • Ajuga
  • Alchemilla mollis
  • Anemone
  • Armeria
  • Artemisia
  • Aster
  • Astilbe
  • Baptisia
  • Bergenia
  • Brunnera
  • Buddleia
  • Caryopteris
  • Centranthus
  • Ceratostigma
  • Chelone
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cimicifuga
  • Clematis
  • Convallaria
  • Coreopsis
  • Dianthus
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis
  • Echinacea
  • Epimedium
  • Euonymus coloratus
  • Eupatorium dubium
  • Euphorbia robbiae
  • Ferns
  • Gaillardia
  • Galium
  • Geranium
  • Hedera
  • Helleborus
  • Heuchera
  • Houttuynia
  • Hydrangea
  • Hypericum
  • Iberis
  • Kniphofia
  • Lamium
  • Lamiastrum
  • Lavandula
  • Liatris
  • Ligularia
  • Monarda
  • Nepeta
  • Oenothera
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Paeonia
  • Pachysandra
  • Penstemon
  • Perovskia
  • Phlox divaricata
  • Pulmonaria
  • Rudbeckia
  • Salvia
  • Santolina
  • Scabiosa
  • Sedum
  • Spiraea
  • Stachys
  • Stokesia
  • Thymus
  • Tiarella
  • Tradescantia
  • Veronica
  • Viola
  • Veronica
  • Weigela florida
  • Yucca

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