The Q&A Archives: Plants Resistant to Deer

Question: Last summer deers ate many of my newly planted trees,shrubs,anuals. What shrubs, perennials, are safe to plant in a deer invaded area.

Answer: There are a number of plants deer tend to avoid, but the truth is, a hungry deer will eat almost anything. So if the deer population is large and there is competition for food, even the following plants may become snack food for deer: Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs Achillea spp. Yarrow; Aconitum spp. Monkshood; Ageratum houstonianum Ageratum; Allium christophii Star of Persia; Allium neapolitanum; Daffodil; Garlic Allium ostrowskianum Lily Leek; Anemone x hybrida Japanese Anemone; Anemonella thalictroides Rue; Anemone Anethum graveolens Common Dill; Aquilegia spp. Columbine; Aurinia saxatilis Basket-of-Gold; Antirrhinum majus Snapdragon; Arabis spp. Rock-cress; Arisaema thiphylum Jack-in-the-Pulpit; Aubrietia deltoidea Rock Cress; Bergenia spp. Berginia; Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago; Cimicifuga racemosa Snakeroot; Colchicum autumnale Colchicum; Colchicum speciosum Colchicum; Consolida ambigua Larkspur; Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-valley; Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'; Threadleaf Coreopsis; Cyclamen hederifolium Neopolitan Cyclamen; Dicentra spectabilis Bleeding Heart; Digitalis spp. Foxglove; Dryopteris marginalis Wood Fern; Ecinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower; Epimedium spp. Barrenwort; Euphorbia spp. Euphorbia; Fritillaria spp. Fritillary; Galium odoratuim Sweet Woodruff; Gloriosa superba Glory Lily; Hemmerocallis 'Stella de Oro' Stella de Oro Daylily; Hesperis matronalis Dame's Rocket; Hyacinthus orientalis Hyacinth; Lamium maculatum Deadnettle; Lavandula spp. Lavender; Linaria vulgaris Toadflax; Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum; Lychnis coronaria Rose Champion; Matteuccia struthiopteris Ostrich Fern; Narcissus spp. Daffodil; Nicotiana spp. Flowering Tobacco ;Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis Royal Fern; Pachysandra procumbens Allegheny Spurge; Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge; Papaver orientale Oriental Poppy; Pelargonium spp. Scented Geranium; Pervoshia atriplicifolia Russian Sage; Ranunculus spp. Buttercup; Rheum rhabarbarum Rhubarb; Rudbeckia spp. Coneflower; Salvia spp. Sage; Santolina chamaecyparissus Lavender Cotton; Scilla spp. Squill; Stachys byzantina Lamb's Ears; Tagetes spp. Marigold; Tanacetum vulgare Common Tansy; Thymus spp. Thyme; Tiarella cordifolia Foam Flower; Tropaeolum majus Nasturtium; Yucca spp. Yucca; Shrubs and Climbers: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Bearberry; Asimina triloba Pawpaw; Berberis spp. Barberry; Buxus spp. Boxwood; Caryopteris x clandonensis Caryopteria; Calastrus scandens American Bittersweet; Cornus sericea Red Osier Dogwood; Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. horeana Japanese Plum-Yew; Elaeagnus angustifolia Russian Olive; Gaultheria procumbens Creeping Wintergreen; Hibiscus syriacus Rose of Sharon; Ilex x 'John T. Morris' John T. Morris Holly; Ilex x 'Lydia Morris' Lydia Morris Hollies; Leucothoe spp. Leucothoe; Ligustrum vulgare European Privet; Pieris japonica Japanese Andromeda; Rhamnus cathartica Common Buckthorn; Sambucus canadensis Blueberry; Elder Sarcoccoca hookeriana var. humilis Dwarf Sweet Christmas Box.

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