Flowers That Are Disliked by Rabbits

Though rabbits may make great pets, they are the downfall of many gardeners who spend a season planting flowers, only to find them decimated by the furry critters before the plants have a chance to bloom. Rabbits have a voracious appetite, and although there are some plants that they dislike more than others, in times of famine rabbits may feast on just about anything. In general however, there are a few types of flowers that rabbits will usually turn their noses up to.

Lamb's Ears

Lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina) are drought-resistant, ground-covering plants that bloom with tiny lavender, white or purple flowers anytime between spring and early fall. These plants are popular for their gray to silver-colored leaves, which are soft and velvet like (a texture rabbits will usually find unappealing). These perennials love sun and will grow well in USDA Zones 4 to 9, although they may wilt in regions that have high humidity. Lamb's ears make lovely, long-lasting cut flowers and may attract butterflies to your garden.


Foxgloves (Digitalis spp.) are striking plants that can grow to be 5 feet tall. The plants have columns of bell-shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors, often flecked with darker color on the inside. Foxgloves bloom in early summer, and often again if dead flowers are removed to encourage new growth. These flowers are unattractive to both rabbits and deer, and may bring hummingbirds to your yard. Foxgloves require partial sun, and grow well in rich, well-drained soil in zones 3 to 8.

Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Monarda spp.) are hardy, easy to grow plants that bloom with a spectrum of white to red/purple flowers in the summer to early fall. Bee Balm boasts rich dark green foliage, and the plant can grow up to 4 feet tall. Rabbits tend to avoid bee balm because of the plant's strong aroma, but the flowers will attract humming birds, bees and butterflies. Bee Balm grows well in gardening zones 4 to 9, with well-drained soil. Bee Balm is prone to mildew, so its important to plant them in full sun.

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About this Author

Natalie Phillips is a writer based out of Portland, OR. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for City on a Hill Press in Santa Cruz. She has a BA in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English Literature.