Safe Houseplants for Domestic Rabbits

Choosing houseplants for your home can be a life-or-death decision for your domestic pet rabbits. While you should keep all houseplants out of your rabbit's free play area, there are several houseplants that would be safe for them to chew on. Other houseplants can be toxic and can even kill rabbits. Choose safe plants to protect your pet rabbit.

Keep pet rabbits healthy and safe with appropriate houseplants.

Jade Plant

The jade plant is a nontoxic houseplant for rabbits. It is a blooming succulent that is easy to care for because it requires little water or fertilizer. Jade plants have thick, barky stems that owners can prune into different shapes and sizes. They are popular as a bonsai alternative.


The basil plant is an herb that is safe for pet rabbits to chew on. In a pot inside your home, the plant will grow approximately 1 foot tall and will produce fragrant leaves that you can use to flavor pasta and fish dishes. If you plant basil outside, it will grow considerably larger and will produce more leaves.

Wheat Grass

Wheat grass is another houseplant that is perfectly safe for your pet rabbit to chew on. Wheat grass is commonly added to shakes and smoothies and is common in the homes of some health enthusiasts. The plant has a bright green color that is desirable to other consumers.


Orchids are safe for rabbits to eat, though you may not want them to chew on your more expensive orchid varieties. Orchids have a long, barky stem out of which flowers bud. The flowers will stay in bloom for up to several months. Orchids are planted in bark, stones or moss that you rabbit might like to munch on.


Catnip is a common houseplants that is also safe for rabbits. The flower has long green stems with triangular-shaped leaves. The plant produces pastel colored blooms around it. Catnip doubles as a mosquito repellent.