Deer and groundhogs - Knowledgebase Question

Thornwood, Ne
Question by bennie35gray
May 29, 2010
I wasn't sure who to direct this question to. I live in the northeast with some woods behind me. We have big deer problems so I have worked hard planting

Answer from NGA
May 29, 2010


There is a list of groundhog resistant plants, as reported by other gardeners. If they leave the plants alone in other gardens, they should leave them alone in your garden, as well. At least I hope so. Here's the list:

Ageratum, Astilbe, American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana L.), Artemesia, Blanket flower (Gaillardia ~ the low growing variety), Bleeding heart (Dicentra, spectabilis & exemia), Blue Cohosh/Papoose Root (Caulophyllum Thalictroides), Bluestar (Amsonia), Bronze Fennel ( Foeniculum Vulgare var. Rubrum), Butterfly weed (Asclepias Tuberosa), Capmint (Nepata) (two reports), Chives (Allium), Coreopsis (Scientific Name for Tickweed), Coral bells (Heuchera & Hercherella), Creeping Jenny/moneywort (Lysimachia Nummularia), Daffodils (Narcissus), Dahlias, Daylilies,
Dianthus, Ferns, Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium/Chrythanthemum Parthenium),
Foxglove (Digitalis), Geraniums (a report of woodchuck avoidance), Gypsophilia ,
Heather (Calluna), Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare), Hosta, Iris, Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum), Lamb's Ear (Stachys Byzantina), Lavender (Lavandula),
Leadwort/Plumbago (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides), Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis),
Lenten rose (Helleborus), Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria), Montbretia (Crocosmia), Monkshood (Aconitum), Nicotiana, Ornamental grasses, Pasque flower (Pulsatilia Vulgaris), Peony (Paeonia), Pinks (Dianthus, but rabbits 'em),
Pumpkins (Curcurbita Pepo), Regal Lily , Rock Soapwort (Saponaria Ocymoides),
Russian sage (Perovskia), Salvia, Sedum, Snapdragon, Squash (Curcurbita Pepo, C. maxima, C. moschata), Sun drops (Oenothera), Sweet Allysum, Sweet woodruff (Galium Odoratum), Thymes (Thymus Vulgaris), Tickseed (Coreopsis, but only the threadleaf variety, all others are eaten) , Torch Lily (Kniphofia), Turtlehead (Chelone Obliqua), Wild ginger (Asarum), Windflower (Anemone), Roses and
Yarrow (Achillea).

Good luck with your garden!

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