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Sep 28, 2020 7:24 AM CST
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
What flowers can I plant that repel deer?
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Sep 28, 2020 8:20 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Sep 29, 2020 9:46 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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I don't think that anything repels deer... the best that I've ever been able to do is plant stuff that they'd rather not eat.

Stuff that's toxic like datura, foxglove, Aconitum sp. and castor beans are always safe choices...

And then, maybe try fuzzy leaves, like mullien...

Or scented plants like monarda, or pycnanthemum, or elephant garlic, and other flowering alliums.
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Sep 29, 2020 10:01 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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they also will not eat Lilies (they do eat daylilies which are not lilies) and will not eat daffodils. They never bother my iris or my boxwoods. They do eat my hydrangeas but not alot-that may be because I have lots of daylilies and they eat those. They will eat hostas. I don't think they bother peonies or hellebores or bamboo/nandia. They do not eat my lamb's ears or my surprise lilies. I have May Night salvia and they never touch that either.
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Sep 29, 2020 10:18 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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At my house, everything eats lilium.

When you recommend lilies, do you mean 'Lycoris'?

And... planting hydrangea in a deer prone area means a quick death... they eat them to the ground.

Agree with hellebore, but in my area, they're all dieing from black death (Helleborus net necrosis virus).

And... I wouldn't ever plant invasive bird poisoning nandina either...
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Sep 29, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I have had nandias in my yard for 20 years, they have never spread and I have never found any dead birds. In fact, nothing even eats the berries, I trim them off in the spring, they are still hanging on there. I will never get rid of them. I have deer in my yard everyday, have babies born in my back yard and they have rarely ate my hydrangeas. I have 12 of them, and only on rare occasion have they ate a little of the new growth in the spring. By lilies I mean the ones like Star Gazer-I have bunches of these and they have never touched them. And yes surprise lilies are Lycoris, they won't touch those either. There may be things that you won't plant at 'your' house, but that doesn't mean that other's will not want to plant them. Everyone chooses what they want to put in their yard and no one else has to agree with it. It only has to please me. Everyone has to find what works for them.
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Sep 29, 2020 10:42 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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I recommend removing the nandina...
https://ar.audubon.org/news/na...

Surprised the deer don't kill your hydrangea or lilies... They must have a lot of other stuff to eat, or more hunters or something.

Really didn't mean to get you mad or anything... was simply pointing out that you were suggesting things that are among the first to be killed here.

The deer browse lantana and monarda both around here, but they don't eat them to the ground...

And speaking of fuzzy leaves... rose campion (Lychnis sp.) seems like a good thing to plant... but the deer eat it in the winter around here...

Reckon mine are just a bit hungrier...
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Sep 29, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I have planted castor beans this year and they didn't bother those. I lived here with my daylilies for 4 years before they started eating them. I don't they realized they could eat them. They came in my yard regular and drank from my goldfish pond and ate apples from the neighbors tree, walked through my dl and hostas. I thought it odd they never bothered them. Then one night after about 4-5 years they came and ate it all Blinking They have ate the daylilies since. Unless I spray them with the fabric softener. That is the only thing I found that works. I really need a fence but can't find anyone to put it up. Sad
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Sep 29, 2020 10:50 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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If you pursue that Audubon Arkansas report a little further...
https://vet.uga.edu/toxicity-d...
and then a little more...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p...
and then try to find any such reports since that one reported occurance in 2009, you come up empty-handed. The upshot is that the cedar waxwing deaths from cyanide toxicity was unusual, likely due to the birds gorging on the Nandina berries because there was no other food source nearby, and weather conditions may also have caused increased cyanogenesis in the Nandina . However, since there are at least 2000 plant species known contain cyanide glycosides, Nandina is by no means unique in this quality.

Nandina domestica has naturalized in many countries worldwide. It is considered invasive in a few states (notably Georgia) in the southeastern United States, although research on its invasive potential is incomplete. It is used medicinally in some countries and is a widespread source of food for birds.
https://www.cabi.org/isc/datas...

No, Nandina domestica isn't native. Nor are most plants grown in this country. Called it a bird-poisoning invasive species that should be removed might be an over-reaction. Smiling
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Sep 30, 2020 12:26 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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We had an entire herd of resident deer in our yard in CA. They kept the fruit trees pruned up and slept in the Fringe Flower bushes but that was it. I think it depends upon how hungry they are. We were surrounded by pasture so they weren't at all hungrey, just munched peach tree leaves for dessert.

We had a flowering pear that actually had little tiny fruits. The Cedar Wax Wings ate pears until they literally fell out of the trees. They would lay on the ground panting and fluttering for a few hours and then get up and fly off, just to do it all again the next day until the tree was stripped.

There is a point to this story. Cedar Wax Wings are essentially pigs and will stuff themselves to the gills when they find something tasty, such as Nandina. Cyanide glycosides is the commonality between pears and nandina. It causes Hypoxia: shortness of breath and dizziness brought on by lack of oxygen.
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Sep 30, 2020 8:43 PM CST
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Thanks for your replies. Thank You!
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Sep 30, 2020 8:43 PM CST
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Thanks for your replies.
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