Globe Basil is A Rabbit Resistant Plant In The Garden

Rabbits Do Not Like Globe Basil Plants

Notice any rabbits in my photos of the garden near the Spicy Globe Basil? No? Hmmmm? Me neither. In fact, once the Spicy Globe Basil filled in all around the borders of the garden, not a single rabbit stepped inside. Now we all know that there are exceptions to any rabbit or deer resistant plant rule – a hungry animal can still decimate a garden no matter what resistance the plant is said to have. HOWEVER, I found the Spicy Globe Basil remarkably rabbit resistant. This means you might have success growing the plant as a rabbit resistant herb as well.

Globe basil like a consistently moist, well drained spot in full sun. While the herb is incredibly tasty in salads and Mediterranean dishes, it is also good used in cocktails and for aromatherapy purposes. Below you see it bordering my front lawn vegetable garden. I let the plant flower out – its little white flowers are adored by butterflies and bees, so it makes an excellent pollinator plant contribution to any herb or flower garden. Give it a try to deter rabbits in your garden.

Globe Basil as a rabbit resistant border.

Globe Basil  white flowers in bloom

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    La Mccoy
    June 10, 2014 at 3:19 am


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      Shawna Coronado
      June 10, 2014 at 4:15 am

      Thanks for the note – it’s surprisingly effective in my garden. :-)

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    Mike the Gardener
    June 10, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I am growing some right now … and I have super evil rabbits (well at least they are destructive) … I will let you know how it goes

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    June 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

    How big does a single Globe Basil plant grow? Thanks for the tip–this is my first experience with bunnies, which I don’t mind having as visitors, unless they belly up to the Salvia and Pentas I just planted.

    Come to think of it, the basil and my drought tolerant plants might not be well suited for the same flowerbed, water wise. Hmmm…

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      Shawna Coronado
      June 10, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Most globe basil gets to be about one foot around. Basil of all kinds does require more water. This particular basil does best in full sun. :-)

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    Arthur in the Garden!
    June 10, 2014 at 11:01 am


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    June 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Do you have any suggestions of how to keep raccoons out of my potted plants? Thanks for the rabbit info..Guess Im fortunate they dont both my gardens but I have oregano, mints, sages, lavenders, rosemary,cilantro , basil planted around an maybe thats what keepn them out

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      Shawna Coronado
      June 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Celeste, I do not have any ideas for raccoons. We’ve found them nearly impossible to deal with. Sometimes the best best is turn music on in the area they’re bothering. Also automatic water sprinklers will sometimes scare them and they won’t bother with the containers. I’d also try raising the containers up higher – although of course raccoons can climb – but it’s worth the try!

      Best of luck,


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