Deer Resistant Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

St Albans, Mi
Question by steveblaes
February 8, 2009
What perennials are the most deer resistant? I know daffodils are one. But what are some of the other especially abundant and bright flowers they don't like? Also, the same question regarding annuals? Thanks! Steve

Answer from NGA
February 8, 2009


There are lists of deer resistant plants, but hungry deer will eat almost anything so there are no guarantees. Here's a partial list of plants deer generally ignore: Flowers Achillea spp. Yarrow Aquilegia spp. Columbine Astilbe spp. Astilbe Coreopsis spp. Tickseed Dianthus spp. Pinks Dicentra spp. Bleeding Heart Digitalis spp. Foxglove Echinacea spp. Purple Coneflower Epimedium spp. Epimedium Eupatorium purpureum Bluestem Joe-Pye-Weed Geranium spp. Cranesbill, Geranium Helleborus spp. Hellebore Helianthus spp. Sunflower Iberis spp. Candytuft Iris spp. Iris Lavendula spp. Lavender Liatris spicata Spike Gay-Feather Lychnis coronaria Rose Campion Narcissus spp. Daffodil Pulmonaria spp. Lungwort Rudbechia spp. Coneflower Solidago spp. Goldenrod Veronica officinalis Speedwell Yucca filimentosa Yucca Vines Celastrus spp. Bittersweet Clematis spp. Clematis Hedera helix baltica Baltic Ivy Lonicera spp. Honeysuckle.

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