Deer Resistant Plants0479677412002

The most effective means to contend with hungry deer is to choose plant material that deer do not like to eat. Although there is not a plan that is truly “deer-proof”, many plants are less tasty than others.

Spray deer favorites with repellents. These repel either by disagreeable odor, taste, or a combination of the two. Deer Scram is an all-natural repellent that works effectively. Other repellents to try are Liquid Fence and Hot Pepper Wax.

Spray all new plants with repellent to train the deer to stay away.

Note: Using plants in this list does not guarantee against deer damage. Deer populations and deer taste preferences are variable, and if you have large herds with limited food supply, you are more likely to experience deer damage.

Annuals

Ageratum
Alyssum
Amaranthus
Calendula
Castor Bean
Cosmos
Dusty Miller
Forget-Me-Not
Globe Amaranth
Heliotrope
Lantana
Marigold
Nasturtium
Nicotiana
Niermbergia
Pennisetum (Purple Fountain Grass)
Rosemary (Herb)
Salvia
Snapdragon
Vinca
Zinnia

Perennials

Achillea (Yarrow)
Aconitum (Monkshood)
Acorus (Sweet Flag)
Agastache (Anise Hyssop)
Ajuga (Bugleweed)
Allium (Bulb)
Amsonia (Bluestar)
Anemone
Arabis (Rock Cress)
Artemesia (Silver Mound)
Asarum (Ginger)
Ascelpias (Butterfly Weed)
Astilbe (False Spirea)
Aurinia (Yellow Alyssum)
Autumn Crocus (Bulb)
Baptisia (False Indigo)
Brunnera (Bugloss)
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Spirea)
Ceratostigma (Dwarf Plumbago)
Convillaria (Lily of the Valley)
Coreopsis (Threadleaf)
Corydalis
Daffodil (Bulb)
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Digitalis (Foxglove)
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Epimedium (Barrenwort)
Hardy Ferns
Festuca (Blue Fescue)
Gallium (Sweet Woodruff)
Germander
Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath)
Helleborus (Lenten Rose)
Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Iris
Juncus (Rush)
Lamium (Dead Nettle)
Lavender
Lemon Balm (Herb)
Liatris (Gayfeather)
Ligularia
Linum (Flax)
Lupine
Mint (Herb)
Nepeta (Catmint)
Ornamental Grass
Pachysandra
Papavier (Oriental Poppy)
Peony
Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
Rhubarb (Fruit/Veg)
Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan)
Salvia (Sage)
Santolina (Lavender Cotton)
Stachys (Lamb’s Ear)
Tansy
Thyme
Veronica (Speedwell)

Shrubs

Aesculus (Bottlebrush Buckeye)
Arctostaphylos (Bearberry)
Bamboo
Berberis (Barberry)
Buxus (Boxwood)
Callicarpa (Beautyberry)
Cephalotaxus (Jap. Plum Yew)
Clethra (Summersweet)
Cotoneaster
Daphne
Forsythia
Fothergilla
Hamamelis (Witchhazel)
Ilex glabra (Inkberry Holly)
Ilex opaca (American Holly)
Junipers (Most)
Kerria
Kolkwitzia (Beautybush)
Leucotho
Mahonia (Oregon Grape Holly)
Microbiota (Siberian Cypress)
Myrica (Northern Bayberry)
Picea glauca (Dwf. Alberta Spruce)
Picea pungens Glauca Globosa (Dwf. Globe Blue Spruce)
Pieris
Pinus mugho (Mugo Pine)
Potentilla
Pyracantha
Sambucus (Elderberry)
Spireas
Viburnum

Trees

Acer (Maple)
Amelanchier (Serviceberry)
Betula (River Birch)
Cercis (Redbud)
Cornus (Dogwood)
Fagus (Beech)
Ginkgo
Gleditsia (Honeylocust)
Liquidamber (Sweetgum)
Magnolia
Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood)
Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum)
Picea (Spruce-Blue, Norway & Serbian)
Quercus (Oak)
Tilia (Linden)
Ulmus
Zelcova