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Flowers that Rabbits Won't Eat

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 4

Every year gardeners attempt to prevent their flowerbeds from becoming a rabbit's breakfast buffet. There are only a few rabbit proof plants. Rabbits avoid eating flowers that make them sick, or kill them. Earth friendly gardeners can keep their garden's environment echo-system friendly and beautiful by choosing flowering plants that repel rabbits rather than using poisons, traps and ugly fencing.

Rabbit by flowers

Repel rabbits with Ageratum. Ageratum flowers are blue, pink, lavender or white. The flowers appear during late spring and the plant continues to flower until the first frost. The plant grows in compact, 8-inch mounds. These rabbit proof plants prefer a sunny location with well-drained, moist soil. Once established, Ageratum tolerates dry conditions.


Rabbits avoid eating flowers that bloom on Campanula plants. Campanula cultivars include perennial, annual, and biennial plants. Campanulas, or Bellflowers, vary in size and growth habit depending on type. They produce clusters of Bell-shaped flowers. The violet-blue flowers bloom from early summer until late fall.


Impatiens, often misspelled as "impatients", flowers vary in color. Common cultivars produce flowers with colors in coral, pink, purple, red, violet, white and yellow. Impatiens grows to a height of approximately 1 foot. Impatiens thrives in shady areas with well-drained soil.


Foxglove cultivars produce pink, purple, white or yellow flowers. Foxgloves produce on stalks that can grow up to 6 feet in height. Foxglove prefers partially shaded areas with well-drained, fertile soil.


Echinacea plants can grow up to 4 feet in height. They produce purple, cone-shaped flowers from spring until late fall. These rabbit proof plants prefer to be in a sunny area with well-drained soil. Echinacea plants tolerate partial shade.


Train Bougainvillea vines to climb a trellis or allow them sprawl along the ground in an area that receives full sun. Bougainvillea vines produce orange, purple and red flowers. They perform well in all soil types as long as the soil is fertile and well drained.



Rabbits avoid eating flowers of Lantana plants. Lantana plants prefer full sun and require well-drained soil. A variety of cultivars produce flowers with a range of colors including orange, pink, purple, red and yellow. Lantana can grow to a height of 4 feet.



Repel rabbits with Vinca. Vinca, a low maintenance plant, requires full sun and tolerates drought conditions. They thrive in average, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Vinca flowers come in colors including pink, red, rose and white. These rabbit proof plants can grow up to 2 feet in height.




Jun 10, 2010 4:59pm
Terrific information!
Jul 2, 2010 9:19am
Good info, I've had luck with marigolds as well.
Aug 20, 2011 1:07pm
good info, always have heard of plant deterrents for deer, never for rabbit proof flowers, thank you
Dec 17, 2011 2:00am
Nice article. I like Foxgloves so it is good to know that rabbits will not nibble on them.
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