What Wildlife Consumes Flowers?

For many animals, including deer, rabbits, squirrels, turtles, and lizards, flowers represent an essential food source. Flowers are also consumed by aphids, spider mites, sawflies, and other insects.

Gardeners frequently encounter issues as a result of deer and rabbit flower-eating behaviours. Better Homes and Gardens lists odoriferous deterrents like fabric softener sheets and moth balls as well as scary deterrents like radios and noisemakers as some typical deterrents.

Ironically, deer are frequently avoided by planting morning glory flowers. Rabbits frustrate gardeners as well, according to the Humane Society of the United States, but they are frequently deterred by the use of barriers or chemical repellents. Due to the scarcity of other meals, early spring flowers play a significant role in squirrels’ diets.

The occasional flower that falls into a stream is eaten by many aquatic turtles, but certain land-loving tortoise species significantly rely on them for sustenance. Red-footed and yellow-footed tortoises, as well as several Mediterranean tortoise species, are said to be particularly fond of flowers.

Dandelions, roses, and violas are among the flowers that people consume. The National Center for Biotechnology Information asserts that flowers could be an important dietary source of nutrients like potassium.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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