Deer Resistant Ivy for Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Riverhead, NY
Question by Keller14
April 20, 1998
Please tell me what type of ivy to plant for ground cover that is resistant to deer.


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Answer from NGA
April 20, 1998

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English Ivy (Hedera helix) is said by some to be deer resistant, and I haven't heard of them eating Creeping Charlie (though it can become an invasive weed). There are many varieties of English Ivy to choose from. In my experience, deer will eat most any plant if they're hungry enough. You can discourage them by laying chicken wire on the ground before you plant the ivy - they apparently dislike the trapped feeling it gives when their hooves get caught in it. Hope this helps!

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