deerproof annuals? - Knowledgebase Question

Evergreen, Co
Question by KLotan
May 16, 2009
Do you know any annuals that deer don't care for besides marigolds? I live in Evergreen, Colorado and was just wondering if anyone has discovered any secrets with the deer and their taste buds?

Answer from NGA
May 16, 2009


There aren't many annuals deer won't eat - marigolds and petunias seem to be safe, but hungry deer will eat almost anything so there are no guarantees. Here's a partial list of flowering plants deer generally ignore: Yarrow, Columbine, Astilbe, Coreopsis,Dianthus,Bleeding Heart,Foxglove, Purple Coneflower, Epimedium, Iris, Cranesbill, Helleborus, Sunflower, Candytuft, Goldenrod, and Veronica. You might also try using Deer Away, a deterrent you spray on the foliage. It works but needs to be reapplied after a rain. Good luck with your garden!

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