Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Repellents Don’t Always Work

Gain Better Control with Plant Selection

There are plants that deer don’t normally find appetizing. We refer to these as deer resistant plants. For the most part these plants are usually are passed over.

Fawns will take a bite of many plants and spit it out if it doesn’t taste right. Its irritating to you, but this is how they learn what they should eat. Kids will be kids, no matter how many legs they have.

For a general rule of thumb, deer will not be attracted to certain groups of plants:

  • fuzzy leaves
  • pungent smells
  • lots of hard, sharp thorns

Many people report that the deer eat their rose bushes. The damage complaint is usually that there will be no blooms for the season. They won’t eat the whole shrub, just the most recent growth. The thorns on the new growth parts of the stem are young and tender, and it’s also where all rosebuds form. Spray new growth to enjoy your roses – they won’t bother the rest of the plant.

 

Planting deer resistant plants is helpful.


Deer in different areas seem to be attracted to different plants. This could be due to a sudden shortage of food caused by bad weather in one part of the country. It could also be caused by the different plants available in the wild from place to place they are used to eating.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a deer proof garden or landscape without a really tall fence. Just like any starving creature, if the deer are hungry enough – they will eat anything that isn’t poisonous to them.

Good luck with your plantings. We hope the list below is an assistance to you.

 

 

Plants Deer Don’t Like To Eat



PERENNIALS

Achillea (Yarrow)
Agastache (Anise Hyssop or Licorice Mint)
Ajuga Mahogany (Bugleweed)
Alcea (Hollyhocks)
Alstromeria (Peruvian Lily)
Anemone
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Artemesia (Wormwood)
Asarum (Ginger)
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
Aster
Astilbe (False Spirea)
Astrantia major (Masterwort)
Baptisia (False Indigo)
Bergenia (Pigsqueak)
Boltonia asteroides (False Chamomile)
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
Calamintha
Calendula officinalis
Calluna (Heather)
Campanula carpatica (Bellflower – Harebell or Clips)
Centaurea (Bachelor’s Buttons)
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Plumbago)
Chrysanthemum coccineum (Painted Daisy)
Cimicifuga racemosa (Bugbane)
Convallaria (Lily of the Valley)
Coreopsis (Tickseed)
Corydalis
Crocosmia
Delosperma (Iceplant)
Delphinium (Larkspur)
Dianthus (Cottage Pinks)
Dicentra eximia (Fringed Bleeding Heart)
Digitalis (Foxglove)
Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower)
Echinops (Globe Thistle)
Erica (Heath)
Epimedium (Bishop’s Hat)
Eupatorium (Joe-Pye Weed)
Euphorbia (Spurge)
Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Filipendula(Queen of the Prairie)
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Gaura
Geranium (Cranesbill)
Gypsophila paniculata (Baby’s Breath)
Habenaria radiata (Egret Flower)
Helenium (Helensflower or Sneezeweed)
Hellebore (Lenten Rose)
Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Heucherella
Hibiscus
Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)
Iris ensata(Japanese Iris)
Iris louisiana(Louisiana Iris)
Iris sibirica (Siberian)
Iris (Bearded or German)
Kirengeshoma palmata (Waxbells)
Lamium (Deadnettle)
Lavandula (Lavender)
Lespedeza (Bush Clover)
Leucanthemum (Daisy)
Liatris spicata (Gayfeather)
Lilium orientale (Oriental Lily)
Lineria (Toad Flax)
Linum perenne (Flax)
Liriope (Monkey Grass, Lily Turf)
Lupinus (Lupine)
Lobelia
Lychnis (Rose Campion)
Monarda (Bee Balm)
Nepeta (Catmint)
Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy)
Paeonia (Peony Bush)
Paeonia (Peony Tree)
Phlox divartica (Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William)
Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox, Tall Phlox)
Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox)
Penstemon (Beards Tongue)
Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon Flower)
Potentilla (Cinquefoil)
Primula (Primrose)
Pulmonaria (Lungwort, Bethlahem Sage)
Rudbeckia (Blackeye Susan)
Salvia (Meadow Sage)
Sedum (Stonecrop)
Sempervirens (Hens and Chicks)
Solidago (Goldenrod)
Stachys byzantinus (Lamb’s Ears)
Stokesia laevisStokesia laevis (Stokes Aster)
Teucrium (Wall Germander)
Thymus (Thyme)
Tiarella (Foamflower)
Tradescantia (Spiderwort)
Trycyrtis (Toad Lily)
Verbascum(Mullein)
Veronica latifolia
Viola (Violet, Pansy)
Yucca


VINES

Clematis (Glory Bower)
Gelsemium sempervirens (Jessamine)
Wisteria


ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

Calamagrostis (Reed Grass)
Carex (Sedge Grass)
Deschampia (Tufted Hair Grass)
Erianthus ravennae (Pampas Grass)
Festuca (Fescue)
Hakonechloa (Hakone or Japanese Forest Grass)
Miscanthus (Maiden Grass, Eulalia Grass, Silvergrass)
Muhlenbergia capaillarus (Muhly Grass)
Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)
Pennisetum
Phalaris arundinacea (Ribbon Grass)


FERNS

Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern)
Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Fern)
Blechnum (Deer Fern)
Cyrtomium fortunei (Holly Fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
Dryopteris erythosora (Autumn Fern)
Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (Sensitive Fern)
Osmunda (Royal Fern)
Thelypteris decursive (Beech Fern)


BULBS

Allium
Calla (Calla Lily)
Canna (Canna Lily)
Colchicum
Dahlia
Fritillaria imperialis (Crown Imperial)
Galanthus (Snowdrop)
Hyacinthus (Hyacinth)
Narcissus (Daffodil, Jonquil)
Scilla (Squill)


SHRUBS & TREES

Abelia
Abies (Fir)
Amelanchier (Serviceberry)
Arctostaphyllos (Bearberry)
Aronia abutifolia (Chokeberry)
Azalea
Berberis (Barberry)
Betula (Birch)
Buddelia (Butterfly Bush)
Buxus (Boxwood)
Camellia
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub)
Cedrus (Deodar Cedar)
Cephalotaxus (Japanese Plum Yew)
Chaenomeles (Quince)
Chamaecyparis pisifera (Threadleaf Cypress)
Clethera (Summersweet)
Cotinus (Smokebush)
Cotoneaster
Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)
Cornus kousa (Korean Dogwood)
Crataegus (Hawthorne)
Cytisus (Broom)
Daphne
Elaeagnus (Autumn Olive, Russian Olive)
Fagus sylvatica (European Beech)
Forsythia
Gaultheria (Wintergreen)
Ginkgo
Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)
Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon)
Hypericum (St. Johnswort)
Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly)
Ilex glabra (Inkberry)
Ilex opaca (American Holly)
Juniperus chinensis (Juniper)
Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
Kerria japonica (Japanese Kerria)
Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe)
Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum)
Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Magnolia (tree type – Saucer Magnolia)
Magnolia (shrub type)
Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grapeholly)
Myrica (Bayberry)
Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum)
Picea (Spruce Tree)
Picea (Spruce shrub)
Pieris japonica (Japanese Andromeda)
Pinus (Pine Tree)
Pinus muhgo (Pine Shrub)
Potentilla (Cinquefoil)
Psuedotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir)
Quercus (Oak)
Rhododendron
Rosmarinus officianalis (Creeping Rosemary)
Salix (Willow Tree)
Salix (Willow Shrub)
Sarcococca (Sweet Box)
Spirea
Symphoricarpos spp. (Snowberry, Coralberry)
Syringa vulgaris (Lilac)
Viburnum (Snowball Bush)
Vitex (Chaste Tree)
Weigela