6 Flowers That Rabbits Don’t Like To Eat
In honor of Easter, I want to talk about rabbits.
I’m not really clear on the link between Easter and rabbits. It’s interesting that rabbits do not figure in the observation of another seasonal holiday:Passover. Lambs play a notable role in the Passover story, though. And chickens have an indirect presence in the form of boiled eggs. But I digress.
Before going further, let’s pause to admire these lovely cream-colored Crocuses blooming in the Sidewalk Border. Oh, you don’t see any flowers? That’s because of rabbits. Rabbits love Crocuses. In our garden, they also have a particular fondness for Tulips and Phlox, especially Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaritica). They also like certain ornamental grasses, like Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa).
Of course, rabbits will eat lots of things depending on how hungry they are and what else is available. But there are some plants that they really avoid if at all possible.
Anything in the genus Allium is pretty rabbit-resistant. If you don’t have any, check them out. There are many wonderful Allium species and varieities.
Daffodils are actually quite toxic, so rabbits and other varmints leave them alone.
They also stay away from Snowdrops (Galanthus).
I’ve never had a problem with rabbits eating our Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).
They don’t seem to like plants in the genus Monarda, either. Above are some ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (M. didyma) with Wild Bergamot (M. fistulosa) in the lower right.
As a general rule, rabbits avoid plants with leaves that are rough, hairy, or highly fragrant. For instance, they don’t seem to like Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum).
In our area we suffer from rabbit overpopulation (though the rabbits here may say the same thing about people). Hunting is prohibited, and there is a shortage of predators. So gardeners must practice passive resistance through their choice of plants. I do sometimes use rabbit repellents, but the smell tends to be pretty unpleasant.
I do find that Tulips and Crocuses are less vulnerable when grown in containers, the taller the better.
Do rabbits drive you to despair in your garden? Have you found any favorite plants that are rabbit resistant?