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What Flowers Do Rabbits Not Eat

By Ma Wen Jie ; Updated September 21, 2017
Columbine is a plant that is often not eaten by rabbits.

Planting a rabbit-proof flower garden can be challenging. Rabbits are voracious eaters that are fond of most types of plants. According to Sandra Mason of the University of Illinois, finding flowers and plants that rabbit resistant is difficult because a plant that is on one list as resistant is on another list as one favored by rabbits. However, certain flowers are thought to be less palatable to many rabbits.


Columbine is listed by the University of Illinois as potentially disliked by rabbits. However, the University of Colorado has listed columbine as being eaten by rabbits when the plants are young. Columbine is cold hardy in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zones 3 and warmer. It grows best in partial shade, but will grow in any lighting conditions from full sun to full shade. It grows to between 2- and 4-feet tall in almost any soil type, as long as the soil drains well.

Day Lily

Another plant listed by the University of Illinois as being potentially rabbit resistant is the day lily. Day lilies grow to between 1- and 4-feet high, depending on the variety. They grow well under lighting conditions ranging from full sun to full shade and almost any soil conditions, as long as the soil drains well. Day lilies grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 9 and are available in a wide range of colors.


Daffodils are another plant that can often be unpalatable to rabbits. Daffodils are hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3B through 10. These flowers grow from bulbs that winter over. Daffodils are among the first flowers to grow in the spring. Daffodils grow to between 1 and 2 feet and do best in partial sun or shade. They are very tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, as long as the soil drains well.

Solomon’s Seal

Although commonly grown as a foliage plant, Solomon’s seal produces small white bell shaped flowers that eventually turn into a blackish purple berry. Solomon’s seal grows to between 1- and 3-feet tall and can survive in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 8. It grows in full shade and is quite tolerant of any well draining soil. Solomon’s seal is often considered resistant to rabbits.


About the Author


Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.