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7 Plants That Repel Rabbits

Rabbits can be cute and fluffy but they can also be a problem for your backyard and garden. A rabbit is a destructive animal in any garden and will eat up your backyard grass causing expensive damage to your yard. Rabbits will eat almost any crop they can reach, and they damage other plants in your backyard as well as household items that may be laying around, such as garden tools or toys. This damage is from gnawing.

If you have a rabbit problem in your garden you may want to know what you can do to keep these pests away. Well, there is an easy way to keep the rabbits out that will also improve the look of your garden. Below are 10 plants you can turn to that repel rabbits.

Sweet Alyssum

Colorful flowers in flowerpot (lobelia, sweet alyssum).
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These beautiful clusters of pink, white, purple, and violet flowers are a great addition to your garden. The strong smell of this flower naturally repels rabbits.

This plant will start to bloom in the early Spring and will last you through the Summer. Sweet Alyssum prefers to grow in full sun or partial shade and will thrive in just about any kind of soil. This plant is easy to take care of and is not known to burn or require a lot of water.

Pot Marigold

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Rabbits will avoid your garden if you plant some Pot Marigold because they do not like the smell of it. Marigold also does not taste very well. It has a very bitter taste so animals tend to stay away from it.

Pot Marigold flowers are either yellow or orange and resemble chrysanthemums. Marigolds will grow all Summer long, starting in June, and keep blooming into Fall until it starts to get frosty outside. Marigold prefers full sun and lots of water with good draining soil.


Lavender Catmint among white flowering plant
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Rabbits generally stay away from Lavender because they do not like the way it smells, even to humans it has a strong smell. Lavender has a lot of benefits for your garden including the additional beauty in your backyard, it will make your yard smell great and it keeps a lot of animals away. For best results, lavender should be grown in well-draining, neutral soil. It can thrive in wet cold periods and dry summers.

Ageratum aka Floss Flower

Floss Flower
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Rabbits dislike ageratum’s fuzzy, fringed flowers and the texture of its leaves. Floss Flower flowers’ starting in early Summer, you just have to remember to trim this plant. Floss Flower is a very simple plant to grow. It is one of the few flowering plants that bloom in light shade, although it prefers six hours of sun a day. Floss Flower comes in a variety of colors including pink, white, and blue.


Lavender Trailing Lantana
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This beautiful flower looks amazing in any garden and rabbits do not like it. Even though it has an inviting look, the leaves have such a strong smell that repels rabbits.

Lantana’s flowers look like little pieces of confetti and come in pink and purple. Hummingbirds and butterflies really love this plant. Lantana is easy to row but you want to make sure that it gets full sun to partial shade with soil that drains well.

Be careful with this flower because it produces small berries that are toxic when ingested.


Pink Cleome Flower
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Cleome may not have the biggest flowers but it is still so interesting to have in your garden and of course, it repels rabbits. It will start to bloom in late Spring and keep blooming until the first frost. They do not require a lot of attention, just full/partial sun and soil with good drainage.

Cleome’s prickly stems keep rabbits from eating them, and they also have a strong scent. Some gardeners say the plants smell pleasantly minty, while others say it has a skunk-like or catty odor.


varied colors of snapdragons
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While playing with snapdragons is fun because they make a fun snap when they open, rabbits find the plants repelling. This is because many portions of Antirrhinum are toxic to rabbits. Snapdragon varieties range from dwarf types to giants that grow three to four feet tall.

Snapdragons can be easily cared for by watering near the crown of the plant and avoiding watering from the top down to keep your snapdragon healthy.

Planting them in part shade and keeping them well watered will keep them blooming throughout the Summer. Keep the flowers deadheaded to encourage repeat blooms.

Happily Ever After

If you have a rabbit problem in your yard, there are seven beautiful, easy-to-grow flowering plants that can help you repel rabbits from your garden. They all come in different colors and sizes so there is a perfect flowering plant for every backyard with rabbit issues.

Have you ever had this problem before? Let us know how you solved it in the comments below!