Deer resistant plants - Knowledgebase Question

SPRING, TX (Zone 8B)
Question by paulsalazar
January 23, 2009
I'm a Garden superviser in Magnolia,Tx. I always get questions about deer eating plants. I feel like I don't have all the answers to best help my customers.
Can you help me? The deer are eating plants, veggies, shrubs,etc. I even heard of one eating plastic flowers!! Again thanks for all your help.

Paul Salazar

Answer from NGA
January 23, 2009


There are lists of deer resistant plants but to be quite honest, hungry deer will eat almost anything. An exception would be plastic flowers. Although they may pull the flowers out of the ground, it isn't likely they would actually consume them! When deer populations are large and there is competition for food, they will munch on even plants that have been reported as not attractive to deer. Here's a partial list:

You might advise your clients to use deer resistant plants in their landscapes but also suggest deer repellants (such as Deer Away) or barriers to protect their most precious plants. Aside from the above, 8' tall deer fencing is another way of controlling the critters.

Happy gardening!

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