DEER RESISTANT PLANTS

 

Deer may well be your least favorite back yard visitors but you can keep deer from becoming a pest in a variety of ways including fencing, netting, repellants and by choosing deer resistant plants for your landscape. We address this last strategy here. First, the disclaimer: There are no deer proof plants. The deer do not read this list and if they did they may not agree with it. Plant use by deer varies by the number of deer in the area, weather conditions and the availability of preferred food sources. Young plants of a given species may be eaten while mature plants are left alone. All you can do is give some of these plants a try and see what works for you. This list is compiled from information provided by the Cooperative Extension Services of Rutgers University and Washington State University.

 

Annuals

 


Rarely Damaged

 

Ageratum

Calendula

China Aster

Cleome

Dusty Miller

Euphorbia

Heliotrope

Nicotiana

Poppy

Purple Fountain Grass

Rosemary

Snapdragon

Strawflower

Sweet Alyssum


Seldom Damaged

 

Basil

Celosia

Lantana

Lobelia

Marigold

Nasturtium

Parsley

Perilla

Salvia

Stocks

Verbena

Zinnia


Occasionally Damaged

 

Begonia

Coleus

Cosmos

Dahlia

Geranium

Gerbera Daisy

Impatiens

Morning Glory

Pansy

Petunia

Sunflower


 

 

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Perennials and Biennials

 


Rarely Damaged

 

Aconitum (Monkís Hood)

Agastache

Ajuga

Arabis (Rock Cress)

Artemisia

Aubretia (Purple Rock Cress)

Aurinia (Basket of Gold)

Baptista

Brunnera

Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)

Coreopsis (Tick Seed)

Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)

Digitalis (Foxglove)

Euphorbia

Gallium (Sweet Woodruff)

Iris

Lamium (Deadnettle)

Lavandula (Lavender)

Ligularia

Linaria

Lychnis

Melissa (Lemon Balm)

Mentha (Mint)

Nepeta (Cat Mint)

Origanum (Oregano)

Paenonia (Peony)

Pulmonaria (Lungwort)

Salvia (Sage)

Thymus (Thyme)

Vinca

Yucca


Seldom Damaged

 

Achillea (Yarrow)

Alchemilla (Ladyís Mantle)

Anchusa

Aquelegia (Columbine)

Armeria (Sea Thrift)

Astilbe

Cerastium (Snow In Summer)

Clematis

Crocosmia

Delphinium

Dianthus (Pinks)

Echinacea

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

Iberis (Candytuft)

Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)

Liatris (Gayfeather)

Lobelia (Cardinal Flower)

Lupinus (Lupine)

Monarda (Beebalm)

Papaver (Poppy)

Polemonium (Jacobís Ladder)

Primula (Primrose)

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Salvia (Meadow Sage)

Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)

Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)

Tiarella (Foam Flower)

Verbascum (Mullien)


Occasionally Damaged

 

Alcea (Hollyhock)

Bellis (English Daisy)

Campanula (Bellflower)

Centaurea (Mountain Bluett)

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)

Geranium (Hardy)

Geum

Hemerocallis (Daylily)

Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)

Penstemon

Phlox

Platycodon (Balloon Flower)

Sedum (Stonecrop)

Sidalcea (Checkermallow)

Trollius (Globeflower)

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