DEER RESISTANT PLANTS

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Please note that deer are browsers and as such they are always taste testing. Your best defense is a 7 – 10 foot high fence. Other options include the scent repellents “Repellex” and “Liquid Fence” and the taste repellent “This 1 Works!” Also, motion activated sprinklers or lights may deter deer for a while. Other home remedies include chunks of Irish Spring soap every 10 feet, weekly spraying of plants with fish emulsion (also acts as a foliar feeding), blood meal (may attract dogs or cats), netting, or crisscrossing fishing line (80 lb. test is best).

Deer are creatures of habit and very responsive to any stimulus that might indicate a threat or conceal a threat. Interrupting their path of travel with motion or fragrance can cause them to change their browsing pattern, at least for a while.

Deer do not read deer resistant plant lists. Different deer have different tastes, and due to their habitual behavior they eat different things in different places. Fawns try anything they see and all deer like to sample a new plant. Use the deer resistant list as a guideline only.

*Signifies slightly higher risk of being nibbled

Trees

Japanese Maple
Madrone
Silk Trees
Ashes
Some Holly
Smoke Tree
Sweet Gum
Vine Maple

Shrubs

Barberries
Bog Rosemary
Boxwood
Brooms
Butterfly Bush
Calif. Wax Myrtle
Ceanothus
Corokia
Coyote Bush
Cumberland Rosemary
Daphne
Flowering Currents
Flowering Pomegranates
*Forsythia
Heather
Heavenly Bamboo
Holly
Junipers
Kerria
Laurels
Lilacs
*Magnolia
Manzanita
Mexican Orange
New Zealand Flax
Oregon Grape
Osmanthus
Pampas Grass
Podocarpus
Potentilla
Rhododendrons
Rock Rose
Rosemary
Sarcococca
Spice Bush
Star Jasmine
Strawberry Bush
Tree Peonies
*Viburnum Burkwoodii
*Viburnum Davidii
*Wax Leaf Privet
Wisteria
Yucca

Perennials / Flowers

*Aubretia
*Arabis
*Armeria
*Astilbe
*Celosia
*Clarkia
*Geranium
*Gerbera Daisy
*Lithodora
*Monkey Flower
*Nieremebergia
*Sun Rose
Aconitum
Agapanthus
Ageratum
Alpine Asters
Anemones
Artemesias
Artichokes
Arum
Bamboo
Bears Breech
Bee Balm
Black Eyed Susan
Bleeding Hearts
Brodias
Calendula
Califonia Poppy
Calla Lillies
Carex
Cat Nip
Chives
Cinerarias
Clematis (varies)
Convallaria
Coreopsis
Corsican Mint
Creeping Phlox
Crocosmia
Cyclamen
Daffodils
Daylilies
Epimedium
Euryops
Ferns
Feverfew
Forget Me Nots
Foxglove
Freesias
Gaillardia
Gunnera
Helleborus
Hostas
Hypericum
Ice Plant
Iris
Ivy
Ixia
Lambs Ear
Lantana
Lily
Liriope
Lupines
Lychnis
Marjoram
Mints
Mondo Grass
Naked Ladies
Nettles
Oregano
Oriental Poopy
Pachysandra
Penstemon
Peony
Periwinkle (vinca)
Pin Cushion Flower
Plumbago
Red Hot Poker
Salvia
Santolina
Saxifrag
Shasta Daisy
Silene
Silver Beacon (Lamium)
Snow-in-summer
Sparaxis
Sweet Violets
Sweet Woodruff
Thymes
Trillium
Tuberous Begonias
Vinca
Wild Ginger
Wild Strawberry
Yarrows
Zinnias

Download this list of deer resistant plants as a pdf.

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