Rabbits love to eat a wide variety of foliage. You have probably seen plants and flowers at your local garden center labeled “rabbit resistant” because wild rabbits are notorious for destroying gardens. Gardeners will often plant these rabbit-resistant plants as they’re supposed to deter critters from gnawing at their gardens.
If you are a rabbit owner, you should know that there are several plants and flowers that rabbits can safely eat. Are marigolds one of them? The answer is both yes and no, depending on the type of marigold you’re growing. Keep reading to learn more.
Before we delve deep into rabbits and marigold safety, let’s learn a bit about this beautiful flower first.
Marigolds are bright and hardy flowers that many gardeners choose for their stunning blooms and low maintenance.
Can Rabbits Eat Marigolds?
As we alluded to in our introduction, rabbits can eat marigolds but only a particular variety.
Pot marigolds are safe for your bunny to eat. However, they may favor the petals over the bitter leaves. African, French, and Marsh marigolds contain toxic compounds and are considered mildly toxic.
What Do I Do If My Rabbit Ate a Marigold?
No variety of marigolds seems to be life-threatening if ingested by rabbits. Still, you may want to monitor your pet for any signs of illness if it got into your marigolds, especially if you’re unsure of the variety you’re growing.
Do Rabbits Like to Eat Marigolds?
Don’t be surprised if you offer your bunny a taste of your pot marigold, and it turns its nose up at it. Rabbits and deer generally don’t like to eat this type of flower as it has a powerful fragrance and a bitter taste.
In fact, rabbits often hate the smell of marigolds so much that gardeners sometimes plant this flower as edging to keep wild rabbits out of their garden.
What Other Flowers Can I Offer My Rabbit?
If you don’t want to risk feeding your bunny marigolds, there are plenty of edible flowers and petals your pet might enjoy instead.
One thing to remember when offering flowers to your bunny is that many potted or cut plants sold in stores were designed to be used only as decoration. They may have been treated with chemicals. We don’t recommend feeding your bunny any flower that isn’t also labeled as “edible” on the tag. Better yet, grow your own rabbit-friendly flowers so you know that they’re entirely safe.
While any type of marigold is unlikely to be fatally toxic for your rabbit, certain varieties can cause irritation if ingested. In addition, many bunnies don’t even like the taste of marigold in the first place, and there are many other less pungent and bitter-tasting flowers and other plants your pet might prefer instead.
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