Flowers That Rabbits Don't Like to Eat

Updated July 20, 2017

A garden requires dedication and care, and beautifully accents any outdoor space. No one wants to see his garden ruined, yet rabbits--though adorable--can be a gardener's enemy. Rabbits eat many flower types, and if a rabbit is hungry enough it will eat almost any plant. However, there are certain plants that rabbits typically stay away from. Use these flowers to protect your garden by planting them around the edge of your garden. This may deter rabbits from entering your garden, but remember that no flower is completely rabbit-proof.


According to the American Daffodil Society, rabbits, squirrels and other rodents will not eat daffodil bulbs or leaves because they contain poisonous crystals. Only certain insects can eat them without suffering consequences. If you have pets that are prone to eating plants, plant daffodils with caution. Daffodils are ideal for novice gardeners, for they are hearty flowers that are long-lived and tolerate warm and cold temperatures, as well as varying degrees of sunlight.

Mexican Marigold

A Mexican marigold is more pungent than other type of marigold. Its intense smell deters rabbits, deer and bugs from eating it. This yellow-orange flower blooms from summer through fall, survives in full sunlight or partial shade, and requires little water.


Geraniums' strong scent keeps rabbits at bay. There are numerous geranium varieties in an array of colours. Make sure to purchase one of the more pungent geranium types to have the best chance of deterring rabbits. Such varieties include those with a citrus, apple, mint and rose odour. To grow geraniums successfully, plant them in full sunlight and dry soil.

Bee Balm

Bee balm is another aromatic plant that deters rabbits. But be aware that this flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Bee balm grows 1 to 3 feet high and blooms in red, pink, violet and white. Dark bracts surround the flower, which grows above clumps of dark foliage. Its growing period is between summer and early fall and it thrives in sunlight and moist, well-drained soil. Bee balm is not only a unique flower, but its leaves are used to make Oswego tea.


The daylily is one of the most popular perennial flowers, perhaps because of its variety of colours and shapes, as well as its resilience. Not only is the daylily rabbit resistant, it requires little maintenance once planted. It grows best in full or partial sunlight, but thrives all over the U.S. because of its adaptability to temperature.

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Marjorie Hallenbeck-Huber holds a master's degree in language and literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and bachelor's degrees in English and international affairs from the George Washington University. For the past two years she has been an assistant editor at a book publishing company that specializes in history, military studies, and international publications. There she edited and wrote copy.