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Rabbit Resistant Flowers 

Rabbits can cause a great deal of damage to plants. Though fencing is an effective control, it may be too unattractive for some uses.

In cases where fencing isn't wanted, using plants that are unattractive to rabbits can be helpful. Just remember, these plants are resistant; not immune to attack.

Young plants or those that are succulent due to over fertilization are more likely to be damaged. The unavailability of other food sources can result in rabbits feeding on plants that are normally rejected.

A list of flowers considered resistant to feeding damage by rabbits include:

  • artemesia
  • aster
  • bee balm
  • begonia
  • blanket flower
  • bleeding heart
  • candytuft
  • columbine coreopsis
  • crocus
  • daffodil
  • dahlia
  • daylily
  • ferns
  • gloriosa daisy
  • herbs (except basil)
  • iris
  • lamb's ears
  • pincushion flower
  • red hot poker
  • surprise lily
  • sweet violet
  • verbena
  • yarrow

European Rabbit

Source: John Hobbs, an agriculture and rural
development specialist with University of Missouri ExtensionUniversity of Missouri Extension


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