The Q&A Archives: Deer Resistant Plants

Question: I noticed that deer like certain bulbs and flowers. Are there any that are completley safe from the deer?

Answer: There are a number of plants that deer do not necessarily like, but your mileage may vary, depending upon deer population and the competition for food. With that said, the following plants are generally left alone by deer:
Agapanthus africanus (Blue Lily-of-the-Nile), Aloe spp., Aquilegia spp. (Columbine), Artemisia tridentata, Arundo donax (Giant Reed), Delphinium spp. (Larkspur), Digitalis spp. (Foxglove) Echium fastuosum (Pride of Madeira), Helleborus spp., Iris spp., Kniphofia uvaria (Devil's Poker, Red-hot Poker), Leucojum spp., Lupines spp., Narcissus spp., Nolina parryi, Oxalis oregana (Oxalis), Pediocactus spp. (Hedgehog Thistle), Phormium tenax (New Zealand Flax), Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy). Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Trillium spp., Tulipa spp., Zantedeschia spp. (Calla Lily).

Shrubs: Berberis spp. (Common Barberry), Buxus sempervirens (Common Boxwood), Calyeanthus occidentalis (Western Spice Bush), Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet), Chamaerops humilis (European Fan Palm), Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange), Coprosma repens (Mirror Shrub), Cornus stolonifera (Red Osier Dogwood), Correa spp. (Australian Fuchsia), Cotinus coggygria (Smoke Tree), Daphne spp., Enkianthus campanulatus (Redvein Enkianthus), Forsythia spp., Hakea suaveolens (Sweet Hakea), Ilex spp. (Holly), Jasminum spp., Juniperus spp., Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel), Kerria japonica (Japanese Rose), Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beauty Bush), Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe), Melianthus major (Honey Bush), Nerium (oleander), Pieris japonica (Japanese Pieris), Prunes caroliniana (Carolina Cherry Laurel), Rhododendron spp., Rhus ovata (Sugar Bush), Sabal blackburniana (Hispaniolan Palmetto), Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry), Syringa vulgaris (Common lilac), Teucrium fruticans (Germander).

Hope this information is helpful!

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