What Are Some Rabbit-Proof Flowers?

List of Plants Rabbits Tend Not to Eat

King's Gold cypress is backdrop for Caradonna salvia in picture. It's a gold and purple color combo.
Rabbits don't like the smell of salvia and will tend to leave it alone. David Beaulieu

Reader, John writes, "What are some rabbit-proof flowers? These cute but devastating pests ate all of my petunias last year! Are there some other colorful, flowering plants I can substitute that rabbits tend to leave alone?"

List of Rabbit-Proof Flowers

John is hardly alone in expressing this concern. Rabbit damage is a real problem, yet many people lack either the time or inclination to drive the pests away with repellents, keep them at arm's length with a chicken-wire fence, or relocate them after a successful capture using a Havahart live trap.

 If this dilemma describes your situation, your best solution may be to take the path of least resistance: Grow primarily rabbit-proof flowers.

The bonus is that most of them double as deer-resistant plants. The drawback is that some of these flowers are considered poisonous plants (their toxins are what keep the pests away), meaning that you must exercise caution in growing them around children and/or pets. Below, examples will be listed of plants that rabbit pests tend not to eat, organized according to plant category:

Shrubs and Sub-Shrubs 

Perennials

Bulb Plants

Annuals

Trees

Vines and/or Ground Covers

  • Ajuga (invasive in some regions)
  • Wisteria (the American type is preferred for North America)
  • Vinca minor (invasive in some regions)

Foliage Plants

While the above-mentioned Vinca minor does put out a blue flower in spring, many people grow it more for its shiny green leaves. If you do not mind growing a plant that puts on a more impressive foliar display than a flowering display, you may also be interested in: