Basil’s Garden


Basil's Garden, a list of safe & toxic plants for bunnies!

Bunny Safe Foods


A - C

  • Acacia: no food value, but twigs can be entertainment
  • Alfalfa: fresh or hay
  • Apples: all parts except seeds
  • Artichoke (jerusalem)
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Banana
  • Barley
  • Basil
  • Beans and bean vines (not soybean)
  • Beets: both top and root of regular, sugar, or mangel
  • Bermuda grass
  • Blackberry (leaves,stems & fruit)
  • Blueberry
  • Bluegrasses, including Canadian
  • Bread: dry, or soaked in milk
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage: some is okay, too much may cause goiter
  • Cantalope (not skin)
  • Caraway
  • Carpet grass
  • Carrot: root and tops.
  • Celery ( just a little at a time)
  • Cereals (if fat-free and fresh)
  • Chard
  • Cheeseweed (malva)
  • Chicories
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Clovers: any but sweet clover
  • Collard Greens
  • Coltsfoot
  • Corn: fresh or dried ears, fresh or dried stalks.
  • Cow Parsnip
  • Crabgrass
  • Cucumber
D - L

  • Dandelion
  • Dill
  • Dogwood
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Fescue: red, etc.
  • Filaree (stork's bill)
  • Grains: all types, unless dirty, damp, or moldy
  • Grapes (cut up)
  • Grapefruit: all parts (don't feed too much)
  • Grass: Lawn clippings, grass grains, as long as they carry no insecticides & are fresh
  • Green peppers
  • Hazelnut leave
  • Honey Dew melon (not skin)
  • Jerusalem artichokes: tops, stems, or roots
    Kale
  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • Knotgrass
  • Kohlrabi: all parts of plant okay
  • Kudzu
  • Lavender
  • Lettuce: all kinds - personal note: be aware that iceberg lettuce can cause problems. Feed VERY limited amounts.
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lespedeza
  • Lilac
M - R

  • Malva (cheeseweed)
  • Marigold
  • Marjoram
  • Meadow fescue
  • Milk: fresh or sour, as well as milk products
  • Millet: foxtail and Japanese
  • Milo
  • Mint
  • Mustard greens
  • Napier grass
  • Oats
  • Oranges: all parts (don't feed too much)
  • Orchard grass
  • Panicgrass
  • Papaya (no seeds)
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Peas and pea vines
  • Peach (No seed)
  • Pear (No seeds)
  • Pineapple
  • Plantain
  • Poplar
  • Potato: but, not peelings, sprouts or leaves!
  • Prairie grass
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish Tops
  • Raspberry (leaves, stems, fruit)
  • Redtop grass
  • Rhodes grass
  • Root vegetables
  • Rye, rye grass, and Italian rye grass
S - Z

  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Sheep sorrel
  • Sorghum grains
  • Spinach: in limited amount
  • Sprouted grains
  • Strawberry
  • Sudan grass
  • Sumac
  • Sunflower: leaves, stalks, or seeds
  • Sweet potatoes: vines or tubers
  • Swiss chard: in limited amount
  • Timothy
  • Tomato (Fruit and must be ripe)
  • Turkey mullein
  • Turnips: all parts of plant
  • Vetch
  • Watercress
  • Watermelon
  • Wheat
  • Willow
  • Zucchini

Toxic Foods


A - C

  • Agave (leaves)
  • Air plant
  • Almond
  • Aloe
  • Amanita
  • Amaranth
  • Amaryllis (bulbs)
  • American yew
  • Andromeda
  • Anemone
  • Angel's Trumpet
  • Apple (seeds)
  • Apricot (all parts except fruit)
  • Arrowgrass
  • Arum lily
  • Asian Lilly (Liliaceous)
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Australian Nut
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Avacadi (leaves)
  • Azakea (leaves)
  • Balsam pear (seed, outer rind of fruit)
  • Baneberry (berries & root)
  • Barbados lilly
  • Begonia
  • Betel-nut Palm
  • Bird of Paradise (seeds)
  • Bitter cherry (seeds)
  • Bittersweet (American & European)
  • Blacken fern
  • Black Nightshade
  • Black Walnut (hulls)
  • Bloodroot
  • Bluebonnet
  • Black locust (seeds, bark, sprouts, foliage)
  • Blue-green Algae (some forms toxic)
  • Boxwood (twigs & leaves)
  • Boston Ivy
  • Branching Ivy
  • Bracken Fern
  • Broomcorn grass
  • Broad bean
  • Bromweed
  • Buckeye (seeds)
  • Buddhist Pine
  • Burdock
  • Buttercup (leaves, sap, bulbs)
  • Buckthorn (berries fruit & bark)
  • Bull Nettle
  • Cacao
  • Cactus Thorn
  • Caladium
  • Caladiur (leaves)
  • Calendula
  • Calico bush
  • Calla Lily (rhizome, leaves)
  • Camelbush
  • Candelabra Tree
  • Cardinal
  • Carnation
  • Carolina Jessamine
  • Castor Bean (seeds,leaves, castor oil)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celastrus
  • Ceriman (aka: cut leaf Philodendron)
  • Chalice vine
  • Cherry Tree (bark, leaves, twigs, pits)
  • Charming Diffenbachia
  • Chinaberry Tree
  • China Doll
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Chinese Bellflower
  • Chinese Lantern
  • Chokecherry leaves or pits
  • Christmas Rose
  • Christmas Candle
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cineraria
  • Clematis
  • Climbing Nightshade
  • Cordatum
  • Corn Plant (aka: cornstalk Plant)
  • Cockle bun
  • Coffee
  • Coffee bean
  • Coral plant & seeds
  • Coriander
  • Cotton bush
  • Cow slip
  • Coyotillo
  • Comfrey
  • Cone Flower
  • Cowbane
  • Crown of thorns
  • Cut leaf Philodendron (aka: Ceriman)
  • Cutleaf
  • Cuban Laurel
  • Cycads
  • Cyclamen

D - J

  • Daffodil (bulbs)
  • Daisy
  • Day Lily
  • Daphne
  • Datura
  • Death Cantus
  • Deadly Amanica
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Devil's Ivy
  • Delphinium
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dragon Tree
  • Dutchman's Breeches
  • Dumb Cane
  • Easter Lily
  • Eggplant (Fruit is OK)
  • Elderberry
  • Elephant Ear
  • Emerald Feather (aka: Emerald fern)
  • English Laurel
  • English Yew
  • English Ivy
  • Ergot
  • Eucalyptus
  • Eponymous
  • False Hellebore
  • False Henbane
  • False Parsley
  • Felt plant
  • Fire thorn
  • Fireweed
  • Fiddle Leaf
  • Fireweed
  • Flamingo Plant
  • Florida Beauty
  • Flowering Maple
  • Flowering Tobacco
  • Flame tree
  • Four O'clock
  • Foxglove
  • Fruit Salad Plant
  • Garden Sorrel
  • Geranium
  • German Ivy
  • Ghost weed
  • Giant Touch-me-not
  • Glacier Ivy
  • Gladiolas
  • Glory Lily
  • Gold Dust
  • Gold Diefenbachia
  • Golden Chain
  • Golden Pothos
  • Goldenrod
  • Green Gold
  • Glottidum
  • Ground Cherry
  • Hemlock, poison/water
  • Hahn's self branchin
  • Hahn's Ivy
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Hart Ivy
  • Hawaiian Ti
  • Heartleaf Philodendron
  • Heavenly Bamboo
  • Heliotrope
  • Hemlock
  • Henbane
  • Hogwart
  • Holly
  • Honeysuckle
  • Horehound
  • Horse bean
  • Horse chestnut
  • Horsetail
  • Horsehead Philodendron
  • Horsetail Reed
  • Hurricane Plant
  • Hyacinth (blub)
  • Hydrangea
  • Inpatients
  • Indian Hemp
  • Indian Turnip
  • Indian licorice
  • Iris
  • Inkberry
  • Indigo
  • Ivy (Boston & English berrys & leaves)
  • Jack in the pulpit
  • Japanese Euonymus
  • Japanese Show lily
  • Japanese Yew
  • Jasmine
  • Java bean
  • Jerusalem cherry
  • Jessamine
  • Jimsonweed
  • Johnson grass
  • Jonquil
  • Juniper

K - P

  • Kakanchoe
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • Laburmurn (all parts)
  • Lace Fern
  • Lace Tree
  • Lady Slipper
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Laurel
  • Laurel Cherry
  • Leucotomy
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lima bean (uncooked)
  • Libelia
  • Lobelia
  • Locoweed
  • Lords and Ladies
  • Lupine
  • Macadamia Nut
  • Madagascar
  • Malaga
  • Marbel Queen
  • Marijuana
  • Marsh Marigold
  • Manachineel Tree
  • Mandrake
  • Mauna Loa Peace lily
  • Marble Queen
  • Maternity plant
  • May apple (fruit is OK)
  • Meadow Saffiron
  • Medicine Plant
  • Mesquite
  • Mescal bean (seeds)
  • Meadow saffron
  • Mexican Poppy
  • Mexican Breadfruit
  • Mistletoe
  • Milk Bush
  • Milk vetch
  • Milk weed
  • Miner's lettuce
  • Mistletoe
  • Mock orange
  • Mold
  • Monkshood (leaves, roots)
  • Moonflower
  • Moonseed
  • Mountain laurel
  • Morning Glory
  • Mother in law
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard (Root)
  • Nandina
  • Narcissus
  • Neophytes
  • Nephtytis
  • Needlepoint Ivy
  • Nephritises
  • Nicotiana
  • Nightshade
  • Nutmeg
  • Oak
  • Oleander
  • Onion
  • Orange Day Lily
  • Oxalis
  • Panda Plant
  • Parlor Ivy
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Patience Plant
  • Peace Lily (aka: Mauna Loa Peace Lily)
  • Pencil Tree
  • Pencil Cactus
  • Peach (Leaves, twigs, seeds)(Fruit OK)
  • Pear seeds
  • Periwinkle
  • Pertusum
  • Peony
  • Peyote
  • Philodendron (leaves, stems)
  • Pierre
  • Pigweed
  • Pike weed
  • Plum (seeds)
  • Plumosa fern
  • Poinciana
  • Poinsettia
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Posion Sumac
  • Pokeweed
  • Poppy
  • Potato (eyes & new shoots, green parts)
  • Prefatorv Bean
  • Primrose
  • Primula
  • Privet
  • Purple Thornapple
  • Pyracantha

Q - Z

  • Queen Nut
  • Rattlebox
  • Rattybush
  • Ranunculus
  • Red Emerald
  • Red Maple
  • Red Lily
  • Red Princess
  • Red Margined Dracaena (aka: Straight Margined Dracaena)
  • Rhododendron (all parts)
  • Rhubarb (leaves)
  • Ribbon Plant (aka: Dracaena sanderiana)
  • Ripple Ivy
  • Rosary Pea (seed)
  • Rubrum Lily
  • Sago palm
  • Sandbox Tree
  • Scarlet runner
  • Schefflera
  • Self branching Ivy
  • Sennabean
  • Shamrock Plant
  • Silver Pothos
  • Skunk Cabbage (all parts)
  • Snowdrop
  • Snow on the mountain
  • Solomon's Seal
  • Sorrel
  • Soybeans or soybean vines
  • Spindleberry
  • Spindle tree
  • Split leaf Philodendron
  • Sudan grass
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Stinkweed
  • String of pearls
  • Sweet Clover
  • Sweet pea
  • Sweet potato
  • Sweetheart Ivy
  • Swiss Cheese Plant
  • Synch Cabbage
  • Tansy
  • Tansy ragwort
  • Taro Vine
  • Tarweed
  • Thomapple
  • Tiger Lily
  • Toadstools
  • Tobacco (leaves)
  • Tomato (leaves, vines) Tulip (bulb)
  • Tomato Plant
  • Tree Philodendron
  • Tropic Snow
  • Tulip
  • Umbrella Plant
  • Vetch (hairy)
  • Vinca
  • Violets (seeds)
  • Virginia Creepers (berries & sap)
  • Virginia Bower
  • Variegated Philodendron
  • Walnuts (hull, greens, shells)
  • Water Hemlock
  • Wattle
  • Warneckei
  • Weeping fig
  • Western Lily
  • White Cedar
  • Wild Carrots
  • Wild Cucumbers
  • Wild Parsnip
  • Wild peas
  • Wisteria
  • Wood Lily
  • Wood Rose
  • Yam Bean (roots, immature pods)
  • Yellow Jasmine
  • Yew (aka: Japeanese Yew)(needles, seed and berries)
  • Yucca

10 Responses to Basil’s Garden

  1. Furrygodmother says:

    Hi, When I wonder if we can give a specific food to our bunny I turn to Basil’s Garden and check the list. Which got me to wondering today as I checked it to see if he can eat our leftover cabbage. I have a 4 lb adult bunny. Your site says that they can have “some cabbage” but that too much causes goiter. How much cabbage can he have and how often in order to enjoy cabbage but not risk getting goiter?

  2. Bobby Timony says:

    I should mention I’m not a vet, but here’s my advice anyway. The biggest problem with cabbage is that it can cause some bunnys to get gassy and bloated. Some bunnys can handle it fine. Try giving the bunny a small wedge and see how he does. Consult your vet and see what they say.
    (Also keep in mind that the bulk of a bunny’s diet should be fresh hay.)

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  4. Nathan Gillis says:

    I ran across your list when looking for a simple guide for my rabbits diet. I have been raising rabbits for 5 years now have kept them on a limited diet of timothy hay, parsley, sage, dill, sweet basil, cilantro, and tomatoes. Mostly I feed them as much Hawaiian Ti leaf as they want and thats about 3-4 large leaves per day. I was wondering why it made your list of toxic foods. they seem quiet healthy, happy and active. If there is an underlying issue I am not aware of please help me understand. My backyard is filled with Ti pant and it is an easy choice for my many rabbits. It wouldn’t be worth the free meal if I was shortening their lives. thank you.

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