Deer Tolerant Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Nevada City, CA
Question by fenderrider
August 6, 2000
What if any plants are non tasty to deer? We have a large population of deer in our area. I have most of my plants and flowers in containers up on my deck but, have noticed that the deer are bold and will venture onto the deck inspite of the dog to feast on my beautiful flowers. Please help as I have searched the entire web looking for the answer to no avail.


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Answer from NGA
August 6, 2000

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Deer can be a real problem, and lists of deer-resistant plants exist, but I must warn you, if deer are really hungry they'll eat just about anything, regardless. And, hunger expands their palate and increases their bravery.

Sprays of egg solids, hot pepper oil and other such ingredients are available and may help some, especially when the deer "pressure" is not too high. Human hair (from the local barber shop) in bags made of hosery and perfumed soaps have worked for me when they had other options to feed upon. Finally, here are some sites that may help you find those plants they prefer to avoid. Keep in mind that plants recommended for another part of the country may not do well in your area:

http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/ho...
http://www.tpoint.net/neighbor...
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu...
http://www.hht.com/bus/horns/A...
http://www.fullertonlandscapes...
http://home.ptd.net/~jchorba/d...

Thanks for the question and good luck!


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