Deer resistant plants and flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Magalia, CA (Zone 7B)
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Question by kuecker
April 6, 2007
I would really like to get a list of just 5 plants and flowers I can come in and buy that are deer resistent and I mean DEER RESISTANT. I can't hang onto anything with them up here. Please if you can just respond and give me a few names I would appreciate it. I'll take it to the Home Depot in Chico and purchase them today All they ever do in the store is tell me to look at a book, I would appreciate names of plants so I know what to look for. Technical names don't help me. common names work better for me.

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2007
The following plants are almost always passed up by deer: (the numbers indicate)
1 Rarely if ever eaten
2 Occasionally nibbled if deer population is high
3 Natives
4 Shade tolerant

Abelia (Abelia spp.)
Acuba (Acuba japonica)4
Autumn Aster (Aster spp.)2
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)1 3 4
Blackberry (Rubus spp.) (thorny only)2 3
Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)1
Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.)3
Cotoneaster (Coral Beauty) (Cotoneaster dammeri)1
Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ixex cornuta)
Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria)1 3
Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.)
Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens)3
Fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis)3
Germander (Teucrium spp.)
Goldcup (Hypericum spp.)
Japanese arealia (Arelia sieboldii)
Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
Juniper (Juniperus spp.)2 3
Lantana (Lantana horrida) (natives resistant, hybrids not)3
Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa)3
Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia)
Mexican silktassle (Garrya lindheimeri)3
Nandina (Nandina spp.)2 4
Oleander (Nerium oleander)1
Pampas Grass (Cortaderia spp.)
Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea)2
Red-leaf or Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)1
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)3 4
Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera)2 3

Perennial Succulents and Lilies
Hen and chickens (Sempervivum spp.) (spiny varieties)
Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus spp.)
Red Yucca (Hesperalae parvifloria) --flowers eaten3
Sacahuista/Bear Grass/Nolina (Nolina spp.)3
Yucca (Yucca spp.)3

Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)2

Ground Covers
Aarons Beard (Hypericum calycinum)
Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum)2
Carpet Bugle (Aiuga reptans)2 4
Monkey grass (Ophiopogon japonica)2
Myrtle (Vinca major)4
Santolina (Santolina spp.)1 3
Spearmint (Menta spicata)3
Thyme (Thymus spp.)

Flowers, Ferns, Herbs
Ageratum (Ageratum spp.)
Begonia (Begonia spp.)2
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)3
Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium lecanthum)3
Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)3
Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra lurida)4
Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana)1 3 4
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)3
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)1
Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus wrightii)
Foxglove (Digitalis spp.)3
Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falicatum)4
Indigo Spires (Salvia spp.)
Iris (Iris spp.)2
Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)1 3
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucanthia)2
Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes spp.)1
Periwinkle (Vinca rosea)1
Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea angustifolia)2 3
Savory (Satureia spp.)
Sword Fern (Nephrolepis spp.)4
Verbena (Verbena spp.)3
Wood Fern (Dryopteris spp.)3 4
Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina)3
Zexmenia (Zexmenia hispida)3
Zinnia (Zinnia spp.)2

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