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What Flowers Will Rabbits Not Eat?

By Isabel Prontes ; Updated September 21, 2017
Hungry rabbits can mow down a garden.
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Rabbits, although furry and cute, can cause a considerable amount of damage in gardens, particularly to flowers. Hungry rabbits can feast on all of the plants in a garden in no time. Although there are ways to deter rabbits from eating plants, such as sprinkling black pepper on them, one easy way to eliminate the problem is by planting flowers that rabbits will not eat.


Impatiens are flowering annuals from the Balsaminaceae family. The flowers are also commonly known as jewelweeds, touch-me-nots and balsams. Impatiens bloom all summer, and they have many different colors, including yellow, white, violet, purple, pink, coral and red. Their leaves are deep green in color. The flowers grow about 12 inches tall. Impatiens thrive in well-drained and relatively fertile soils, and work best with indirect, filtered light or medium shade.


Lantanas are perennial flowers that are part of the Verbenaceae family that originated in tropical regions of Africa and the Americas. Lantana flowers, which are fragrant, can be pink, white, orange, yellow, blue, red, purple or a combination. The plants can grow to be 4 feet in height, and some cultivars will spread wider than they are tall. These drought-tolerant plants need soil that is well-drained, as well as full sun. Lantanas grow in USDA Hardiness zones 8 to 11.


Echinacea is a perennial plant that is part of the Asteraceae family. This plants also is often referred to as purple coneflowers. Its daisy-like flowers have stiff bristles in the center and traditionally are purple, though there also are red and white blooming varieties. Echinacea blooms from the spring until the end of the autumn. Echinaceas grow 4 feet tall. It can manage full sun or partial shade, and it works well in sunny spots with soil that is both fertile and well-drained. Echinacea grows in USDA zones 3 to 9.


Digitalis is a perennial plant also called foxglove. Digitalis is a member of the Plantaginaceae family, and it originated in northwestern Africa, western Europe and central and west Asia. Its long, thimble-like flowers grow on tall stalks and come in yellow, white, purple, rose, lavender and pink. The rabbit-proof plants often grow to be as tall as 6 feet. They need fertile and well-drained soil, as well as partial shade. Digitalis grows in USDA zones 4 to 10, except in southern Florida.