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Deer Resistant Plants

About Deer-Resistant Plants

Let’s be honest! No plant is deer-proof. We like to call this list the plants deer eat last. A funny thing about deer is how their likes and dislikes vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and yard to yard.

So whether deer will target a particular plant or variety depends on their previous habits, nutritional needs, seasonal factors, weather conditions, geographic area and availability of foods. Deer are primary browsers which means they prefer to snack on the new, growing tips of your plants. Usually, damage from deer is most severe when snow cover or extreme cold and weather reduces food availability. Early spring is another time for Deer to browse on new plant growth.

Deer are also creatures of habit, and previous movement patterns will determine where a lot of damage will occur.  

List of Common Deer-Resistant Plants

So we hope this list helps to minimizes their impact in your yard or garden.

ANNUALS

  • AGERATUM
  • ALLYSSUM
  • CLEOME
  • DUSTY MILLER
  • LANTANA
  • NICOTIANA
  • PLECTRANTHUS
  • ARGENTEUS
  • SALVIA
  • SNAPDRAGON
  • VINCA

BULBS

  • ALLIUM
  • CHIONODOXA
  • COLCHICUM
  • DAFFODIL
  • GALANTHUS
  • LEUCOJUM
  • PUSHKINIA

GROUNDCOVERS

  • AJUGA
  • LILLY OF THE VALLEY
  • SWEET WOODRUFF
  • LAMIASTRUM
  • LAMIUM
  • VINCA MINOR
  • PACHYSANDRA

FERNS

  • JAPANESE PAINTED FERN
  • WOOD FERN
  • OSTRICH FERN
  • SENSITIVE FERM
  • CINNAMON FERN
  • ROYAL FERN
  • CHRISTMAS FERN

VINES

  • BIGNONIA
  • CAMPSIS
  • CLEMATIS PANICULATA
  • WISTERIA

SHRUBS

  • ABELIA
  • BARBERRY
  • BUDDLEIA
  • CALYCANTHUS
  • HYPERICUM
  • LINDERA
  • MYRICA
  • SPIREA
  • VITEK
  • YUCCA

EVERGREEN SHRUBS

  • BOXWOOD
  • INKBERRY HOLLY
  • MUGO PINE

EVERGREEN TREES

  • MAGNOLIA- BRACKENS
  • PICEA ABIES
  • PICEA PUNGENS

SHADE PERENNIALS

  • AQUILEGIA
  • CHELONE
  • DICENTRA
  • HELLEBORUS
  • HUECHERA VILLOSA
  • LAMIUM
  • LAMIASTRUM
  • PULMONARIA
  • TIARELLA

SUN PERENNIALS

  • ACHILLEA
  • ALCHEMILLA
  • BAPTISIA AUSTRALIS
  • COREOPSIS LANCEOLATA
  • DIANTHUS
  • GERANIUM 'BIOKOVA'
  • IRIS
  • LAVENDULA
  • LIATRUS
  • MONARDA
  • PEROVSKIA
  • SALVIA
  • VERONICA

TOP TEN DEER FAVORITES

  • 1.) ROSES
  • 2.) HOSTAS
  • 3.) IMPATIENS
  • 4.) TAXUS
  • 5.) EUONYMUS
  • 6.) RHODODENDRON
  • 7.) TULIPS
  • 8.) ARBORVITAE
  • 9.) DAYLILY
  • 10.) OAKLEAH HYDRANGEA

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