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Rabbit-Resistant Flowering Plants

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Rabbit-resistant plants are one solution to preventing rabbits from consuming the garden. Rabbits can be destructive garden pests, consuming flower, foliage, and tender shoots.

When it comes to the garden, rabbits have nothing in their favor except their attractive appearance and engaging manner, and the fact that they seem to be nobody’s enemy. That said, they can consume your garden.

Rabbits like deer will eat just about any plant if they are hungry enough, but generally there are some plants that they favor less. Some of those are listed here.

Ageratum houstonianum
A-B Common NameBotanical NameZones
Ageratum, flossflowerAgeratum houstonianumAnnual
Amethyst flowerBrowallia speciosaAnnual
AstilbeAstilbe spp.3-8
Bear’s breeches, spinyAcanthus spinosus6-10
Bee balmMonarda didyma4-8
Blanket flowerGaillardia spp.2-10
Bleeding heartDicentra spp.2-9
Blue salvia, perennialSalvia x superba4-8
Butterfly bushBuddleia davidii5-10
Columbine, Aquilegia hybrida
C-D Common NameBotanical NameZones
CandytuftIberis spp.5-10
Cardinal flowerLobelia cardinalis3-9
ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum spp.4-9
ClematisClematis spp.4-9
ColumbineAquilegia spp.3-10
CoreopsisCoreopsis spp.3-9
CorydalisCorydalis spp.4-9
Creeping PhloxPhlox stolonifera2-8
DaffodilNarcissus spp.3-11
DaylilyHemerocallis spp.3-10
Geranium robertianum
F-H Common NameBotanical NameZones
Four-o-clockMirabilis jalapa9-11
FoxgloveDigitalis purpurea4-9
GeraniumPelargonium spp.8-11
Glove thistleEchinops spp.3-8
GoatsbeardAruncus dioicus3-7
Geranium, hardyGeranium spp.4-8
HollyhockAleca rosea3-11
HyacinthHyacinthus orientalis3-11
HydrangeaHydrangea spp.3-9
L-R Common NameBotanical NameZones
Lady’s mantleAlchemilla mollis4-7
LavenderLavandula spp. 
Lily-of-the-valleyConvallaria majalis3-8
MarigoldTagetes spp.Annual
PeonyPaeonia spp.2-8
Potentilla, shrubbyPotentilla spp.2-7
Queen-of-the-prairieFilipendula rubra3-8
Red-hot pokerKniphofia uvaria5-9
Russian sagePerovskia atriplicifolia3-9
Siberian iris
Siberian iris (Iris sibirica)
S-Z Common NameBotanical NameZones
SedumSedum spp.3-10
Shasta daisyLeucanthemum x superbum4-9
Iris, SiberianIris sibirica3-10
Trumpet creeperCampis radicans3-11
VeronicaVeronica spp.3-8
Vinca, annualCatharanthus roseusAnnual
Virginia bluebellsMertensia virginica3-7

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Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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