The Q&A Archives: Deer

Question: I work at store 1251. Most asked question: What plants won't deer eat? (flowers. veggies, shrubs, etc.) Thanks.

Answer: There are lists of deer resistant plants, but hungry deer will eat almost anything so there are no guarantees. Here's a partial list of plants deer generally ignore: Flowers Achillea spp. (Yarrow), Aquilegia spp.(Columbine), Astilbe spp. (Astilbe), Coreopsis spp. (Tickseed), Dianthus spp. (Pinks), Dicentra spp. (Bleeding Heart), Digitalis spp. (Foxglove), Echinacea spp. (Purple Coneflower), Epimedium spp. (Epimedium), Eupatorium purpureum Bluestem (Joe-Pye-Weed), Geranium spp. (Cranesbill, Geranium), Helleborus spp. (Hellebore), Helianthus spp. (Sunflower), Iberis spp. (Candytuft), Iris spp. (Iris), Lavendula spp. (Lavender), Liatris spicata (Spike Gay-Feather), Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion), Narcissus spp. (Daffodil), Pulmonaria spp. (Lungwort), Rudbeckia spp. (Coneflower), Solidago spp. (Goldenrod), Veronica officinalis (Speedwell), Yucca filimentosa (Yucca). Vines: Celastrus spp. (Bittersweet), Clematis spp. (Clematis), Hedera helix baltica (Baltic Ivy), Lonicera spp. (Honeysuckle). Shrubs: Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant), Berberis Koreana (Korean Barberry), Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry), Caragana arborescens 'Sutherland' (Sutherland Caragana), Caragana arborescens 'Lorbergi' (Fernleaf Caragana), Ceanothus velutinus (Snowbush), Ceanothus Cornus sericea (Red Osier Dogwood), Cornus stolonifera (Osier Dogwood), Eleagnus angustifolia (Russian Olive), Eleagnus commutata (Silverberry ), Juniperus chinensis (Chinese Juniper), Juniperus chinensis 'Hetzii' (Hetz Juniper), Juniperus horizontalis 'Lividus' (Lividus Creeping Juniper), Juniperus sabina 'Von Ehron' (Von Ehron Savin Juniper), Kolkwitzia amabilis (Beautybush), Lonicera spp. (Honeysuckle), Philadelphus spp. (Mockorange ), Prunus americana (American plum), Prunus fruticosa (Groundcherry), Prunus tenella (Dwarf Russian Almond), Rosa rugosa (Rugose rose) Rosa virginiana (Virginia Rose), Rhus trilobata (Fragrant Sumac), Rhamnus cathartica (Common Buckthorn), Sheperdia argentea (Buffaloberry), Spiraea spp. (Bridalwreath) Syringa villosa (Late Lilac), Syringa vulgaris (Common Lilac), Viburnum opulus (Highbush Cranberry). Hope this information is helpful!

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