what flowers/plants rabbits and javalena won't eat - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Beth Marks
phoenix, Ar
Question by bmarks03
March 29, 2010
What flowers/plants will both rabbits and Javalena not eat? I live in the Phoenix area, and would like plants that go all year round.

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2010


If a wild animal is hungry, it will eat just about anything so fencing is the first suggestion.

According to the Arizona Game & Fish Department, javelina favorites include cactus, succulents, bulbs and tubers, and any plants that drop fruit or nuts. Javelinas generally will eat most tender, new plants, and will dig up plants that they do not eat.

Javelina-resistant plants include alyssum, basil, butterfly bush, carnation, chile pepper, chrysanthemum, cosmos, cottonwood, cucumber, daffodil, dahlia, daylily, deerbush, Easter lily, eggplant, fir, geranium, gladiola, globe amaranth, hen and chicks (Echeveria elegans), hibiscus, ice plant, iris, ivy, juniper, larkspur, lilac, manzanita, maple, marigold, mountain mahogany, oak, pampas grass, pansy, peony, petunia, pine, portulaca, red hot poker, rose, rosemary, sage, santolina, shrub live oak, silktassel, skunkbush, snapdragon, spruce, sweet William, vinca, viola and zinnia.

I'm afraid rabbits will eat practically anything - with the exception of cactus - so cylinders of hardware cloth over each plant is the only recommendation I can make.

Payson, Arizona
A comment from KathleenRedman
September 14, 2017
Thank you, but do strawberries even grow in Phoenix? If not, were they even considered in the answer?

Answer from Victorial5971
March 19, 2018


Will they eat Candy tuft?

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