Deer & Rabbits - Knowledgebase Question

Holly Springs, No
Question by G8RJenn
July 16, 2010
I planted a bunch of annuals and some monkey grass and they are completely gone. The grass looks like it has been chewed down to nothing. I suspect rabbits and deer are eating my plants. What is the best to rid them or what plants are suitable? I live in Raleigh, NC and have clay soil and lots of sun. Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
July 16, 2010

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I'm afraid that there are no really rabbit proof plants - they'll eat whatever is available. But a repellant such as Ropel or Deer Away might help keep them from nibbling on your plants. The good news is that there are lots of plants deer won't eat. Here are a few: Hen and chickens (Sempervivum spp.) Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus spp.) Red Yucca (Hesperalae parvifloria) Sacahuista/Bear Grass/Nolina (Nolina spp.) Yucca (Yucca spp.) Vines: Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) Ground Covers: Aarons Beard (Hypericum calycinum) Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) Carpet Bugle (Aiuga reptans) Monkey grass (Ophiopogon japonica) Myrtle (Vinca major) Santolina (Santolina spp.) Spearmint (Menta spicata) Thyme (Thymus spp.) Ageratum (Ageratum spp.) Begonia (Begonia spp.) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium lecanthum) Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra lurida) Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana) Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.) Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.) Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus wrightii) Foxglove (Digitalis spp.1 Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falicatum) Indigo Spires (Salvia spp.) Iris (Iris spp.) Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucanthia) Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes spp.) Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea angustifolia) Savory (Satureia spp.) Sword Fern (Nephrolepis spp.) Verbena (Verbena spp.) Wood Fern (Dryopteris spp.) Yarrow. Hope this information helps.

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