Flowers to Repel Rabbits

Waking up to a garden ravaged by a family of munching rabbits frustrates many a gardener. Unfortunately, hungry rabbits eat any available plants. Certain flowers, however, have toxicity or a lesser appeal and deter rabbits from enjoying your backyard buffet.


According to the, ageratum makes a good choice for deterring hungry rabbits. Ageratum, an annual, grows in mounds 6 to 10 inches tall and blooms continuously from spring to fall. The flowers have a furry texture that rabbits dislike. Ageratum does well in well-drained soil and in sunny or partially shady areas.

Purple Coneflower

Known as "coneflower" because of the prickly, cone-shaped heads, this plant make another good rabbit deterrent because of the flower's texture. Coneflower is a perennial that grows in stalks from 2 to 4 feet high. Easy to manage, this plant thrives in most well-drained soils with full sun.


Snowdrop, a bulb garden plant, acts as a poison with rabbits. All parts of this early blooming plant are toxic to rabbits, according to Rabbit Advocates, a rabbit rescue group. Snowdrop reaches about 6 inches high and has small, white flowers. The plant grows easily in shady areas in many different soils, but prefers colder climates.


Deter rabbits with the blue-flowered lobelia. Classified as a perennial, lobelia, which is toxic to rabbits, usually dies during cold winters in most areas of the United States. Look for this plant, therefore, in the annual section of your nursery. Lobelia blooms well in moist soils with partial shade. Mounding varieties reach around 8 inches high.

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