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Deer Resistant Plants

If you garden, and if you share your garden with deer, chances are that you have learned a bit about what plants they love to eat, and what they often leave alone. This list is designed to help you add variety to your garden without putting the “Buffet Open” sign out for those doe-eyed darlings.

Some plant characteristics that deer-resistant plants commonly share:

Some plant characteristics that attract deer:

Some things to consider when you garden in area where deer have access:

Plants on this list are divided into three sections:

Annuals | Biennials & Perennials | Vegetables.

All plants are rated by their level of deer resistance:

RARELY DAMAGED:

Deer seldom browse these plants.

OCCASIONALLY BROWSED

Deer tend to stay away, may browse plants when alternate food sources are scarce.

Deer Resistant Biennials and Perennials:

Acanthus mollis Agapanthus africanus Agastache spp. Anchusa azurea Anemone spp. Armeria spp.
Acanthus
Rarely Damaged
Agapanthus
Occasionally Browsed
Agastache
Rarely Damaged
Anchusa
Occasionally Browsed
Anemone
Rarely Damaged
Armeria
Rarely Damaged
Centaurea macrocephala Artemisia lactiflora Asparagus sprengeri Aster spp. Astilbe spp. Gypsophylla spp.
Armenian Basket Flower
Rarely Damaged
Artemisia
Rarely Damaged
Asparagus Fern
Rarely Damaged
Aster
Occasionaly Damaged
Astilbe
Occasionaly Damaged
Baby's Breath
Occasionally Browsed
Platycladon grandiflorus Aurinia saxatilis Monarda spp. Bergenia cordifolia Iris domestica Buddleia davidii
Balloon Flowers
Occasionally Browsed
Basket-of-Gold
Rarely Damaged
Bee Balm
Occasionaly Damaged
Bergenia
Rarely Damaged
Blackberry Lily
Rarely Damaged
Butterfly Bush
Rarely Damaged
Asclepias spp. Campanula spp. Iberis sempervirens Phygelius spp. Lobelia spp. Ajuga reptens
Butterfly Weed Flowers
Rarely Damaged
Campanula
Occasionally Browsed
Candytuft
Rarely Damaged
Cape Fuchsia
Rarely Damaged
Cardinal Flower
Occasionally Browsed
Carpet Bugle
Rarely Damaged
Nepeta cataria Chaenorrhinum origanifolium Physalis a. Allium schoenoprasum Clematis spp.
Catnip
Rarely Damaged
Chaenorrhinum
Occasionally Browsed
Chinese Lantern Plant
Occasionally Browsed
Chives
Rarely Damaged
Clematis
Occasionally Browsed
Aquilegia spp. Heuchera spp. Coreopsis spp. Crocosmia paniculata-hybrid Hesperis matronalis Delphinium spp.
Columbine
Rarely Damaged
Coral Bells
Rarely Damaged
Coreopsis
Occasionally Browsed
Crocosmia
Rarely Damaged
Dame's Rocket
Rarely Damaged
Delphinium
Rarely Damaged
Dianthus spp. Gunnera spp. Echinacea spp. Oenothera spp. Dierama pulcherrimum
Dianthus
Occasionally Browsed
Dinosaur Food
Rarely Damaged
Echinacea
Occasionally Browsed
Evening Primrose
Rarely Damaged
Fairy Wand
Rarely Damaged
Tanacetum parthenium Linum spp. Myosotis spp. Mirabilis jalapa Digitalis spp. Gaillardia aristata, G. grandiflora
Feverfew
Rarely Damaged
Flax
Occasionally Browsed
Forge-Me-Not
Rarely Damaged
Four O'Clock
Occasionally Browsed
Foxglove
Rarely Damaged
Gaillardia
Occasionally Browsed
Gaura lindheimeri Liatris spicata Echinops bannaticus Assorted spp. Solidago canadensis
Gaura
Rarely Damaged
Gayfeather
Rarely Damaged
Globe Thistle
Rarely Damaged
Grasses
Rarely Damaged
Goldenrod
Rarely Damaged
Helenium autumnale Hyssopus officinalis Delospermum spp. Poleminium caeruleum Eupatorium fistulosum Centranthus ruber
Helenium
Occasionally Browsed
Hyssop
Rarely Damaged
Ice Plant
Rarely Damaged
Jacob's Ladder
Rarely Damaged
Joe Pye Weed
Occasionally Browsed
Jupiter's Beard
Rarely Damaged
Alchemilla mollis Lavandula spp. Melissa officinalis Cymbopogon flexuosus Levisticum officinale Lupinus polyphyllus
Lady's Mantle
Rarely Damaged
Lavender
Rarely Damaged
Lemon Balm
Rarely Damaged
Lemon Grass
Rarely Damaged
Lovage
Rarely Damaged
Lupine
Rarely Damaged
Lychnis spp. Origanum marjorana Meconopsis spp. Lunaria annua Sagina subulata Leonurus cardiaca
Maltese Cross
Rose Campion
Rarely Damaged
Marjoram
Rarely Damaged
Meconopsis Poppy
Rarely Damaged
Money Plant
Rarely Damaged
Irish Moss
Rarely Damaged
Motherwort
Rarely Damaged
Nepeta spp. Physostegia virginia Origanum vulgare hirtum Penstemon spp. Phlomis russeliana Phormium tenax
Nepeta
Rarely Damaged
Obedience Plant
Occasionally Browsed
Oregano
Rarely Damaged
Penstemon Flowers
Rarely Damaged
Phlomis
Rarely Damaged
Phormium
Rarely Damaged
Plumbago auriculata Polygonum capitatum Papaver alpinum Papaver bracteatum Papaver nudicaule Papaver orientale
Plumbago
Rarely Damaged
Polygonum
Occasionally Browsed
Alpine Poppies
Rarely Damaged
Great Red Poppy
Rarely Damaged
Iceland Poppies
Rarely Damaged
Oriental Poppy
Rarely Damaged
Primula spp. Prunella grandiflora Kniphofia uvaria Aubrieta x cultorum Rosmarinus officinalis Perovskia atriplicifolia
Primrose
Occasionally Browsed
Prunella
Occasionally Browsed
Red Hot Poker
Rarely Damaged
Rock Cress
Rarely Damaged
Rosemary
Rarely Damaged
Russian Sage
Rarely Damaged
Salvia nemerosa (S. x superba) Salvia officinalis Saponaria ocymoides Sempervivum spp. Scabiosa spp. Scutellaria baicalensis
Salvia
Occasionally Browsed
Sage
Rarely Damaged
Soapwort
Rarely Damaged
Sempervivum
Rarely Damaged
Scabiosa
Occasionally Browsed
Skullcap
Occasionally Browsed
Sisyrinchium angustifolium Cerastium tomentosum Tradescantia x andersoniana Hypericum perforatum Stachys spp. Limonium spp.
Sisyrinchium
Rarely Damaged
Snow-in-Summer
Rarely Damaged
Spiderwort
Occasionally Browsed
St. John's Wort
Rarely Damaged
Stachys
Rarely Damaged
Statice
Rarely Damaged
Stokesia laevis Viola odorata Thymus spp. Verbascum spp. Verbena spp.
Stokesia
Occasionally Browsed
Sweet Violet
Rarely Damaged
Thyme
Rarely Damaged
Verbascum
Rarely Damaged
Verbena
Occasionally Browsed
Veronica spicata Arabis spp. Artemisia absinthium Achillea spp.
Veronica
Rarely Damaged
Wall Rockcress
Rarely Damaged
Wormwood
Rarely Damaged
Yarrow
Rarely Damaged

Deer Resistant Annuals:

Ageratum houstonianum Lobularia maritima Anchusa Angelonia Datura spp. Pimpinella anisum
Ageratum
Rarely Damaged
Alyssum
Occasionally Browsed
Anchusa
Occasionally Browsed
Angelonia
Rarely Damaged
Angel's Trumpet
Rarely Damaged
Anise
Rarely Damaged
Gypsophylla muralis Cyanus segetum Sutera cordata Ocimum basillicum Begonia semperflorens Moluccella laevis
Baby's Breath
Rarely Damaged
Bachelor's Button
Occasionally Browsed
Bacopa
Occasionally Browsed
Basil
Occasionally Browsed
Begonia, Waxleaf
Occasionally Browsed
Bells Of Ireland
Rarely Damaged
Gilia capitata Borago officinalis Brachycome iberidifolia Browallia speciosa Asclepias curassavica Calendula officinalis
Blue Thimble Flower
Occasionally Browsed
Borage
Occasionally Browsed
Brachycome
Rarely Damaged
Browallia
Occasionally Browsed
Butterfly Weed
Rarely Damaged
Calendula
Rarely Damaged
Ipomoea x multifida Canna generalis Matricaria recutita Collinsia heterophylla Coriandrum sativum Clarkia spp.
Cardinal Climber
Rarely Damaged
Canna
Rarely Damaged
Chamomile, German
Rarely Damaged
Chinese Houses
Occasionally Browsed
Cilantro
Occasionally Browsed
Clarkia
Occasionaly Damaged
Cleome spinosa Ipomoea quamoclit Dahlia variabilis Dichondra argentea Anethum graveolens Chenopodium ambrosiodes
Cleome
Rarely Damaged
Cypress Vine
Rarely Damaged
Dahlia
Occasionally Browsed
Dichondra, Silver Falls
Occasionally Browsed
Dill
Rarely Damaged
Epazote
Rarely Damaged
Foeniculum vulgare Ipomoea lobata (Mina lobata) Gazania spp Heliotropium arborescens Cerinthe major
Fennel
Rarely Damaged
Firecracker Vine
Rarely Damaged
Gazania
Occasionally Browsed
Heliotrope
Rarely Damaged
Honeywort
Rarely Damaged
Consolida ajacis Dorotheanthus bellidiformis Lobelia erinus Nigella damascena Reseda odorata Silybum marianum
Larkspur
Rarely Damaged
Livingstone Daisy
Occasionally Browsed
Lobelia
Rarely Damaged
Love-in-a-Mist
Rarely Damaged
Mignonette
Occasionally Browsed
Milk Thistle
Rarely Damaged
Mimulus x hybridus Tropaeolum majus Nicotiana spp Osteospermum ecklonis Helipterum roseum Petroselinum crispum
Mimulus
Rarely Damaged
Nasturtium
Rarely Damaged
Nicotiana
Rarely Damaged
Osteospermum
Occasionally Browsed
Paper Daisy
Occasionally Browsed
Parsley
Occasionally Browsed
Perilla frutescens Papaver somniferum Eschscholzia californica Papaver paeoniflorum Papaver rhoeas Portulaca spp.
Perilla
Rarely Damaged
Breadseed Poppy
Rarely Damaged
California Poppy
Occasionally Browsed
Peony Poppy
Rarely Damaged
Shirley Poppy
Rarely Damaged
Portulaca
Occasionally Browsed
Ptilotus exaltatus Rudbeckia hirta Salvia spp. Satureja hortensis Linum grandiflorum Antirrhinum majus
Ptilotus
Rarely Damaged
Rudbeckia
Occasionally Browsed
Salvia
Occasionally Browsed
Summer Savory
Rarely Damaged
Scarlet Flax
Occasionally Browsed
Snapdragon
Rarely Damaged
Xerochrysum bracteatum Verbena x hybrida Catharanthus roseus Torenia fournieri Xeranthemum annuum Zinnia spp.
Strawflower
Occasionally Browsed
Verbena
Rarely Damaged
Vinca
Rarely Damaged
Wishbone Flower
Occasionally Browsed
Xeranthemum
Occasionally Browsed
Zinnia
Occasionally Browsed

Deer Resistant Vegetables:

Cynara scolymus Cucumis sativus Solanum melongena Capsicum annuum Solanum lycopersicum, Lycopersicon esculentum
Artichokes
Occasionally Browsed
Cucumbers
Occasionally Browsed
Eggplants
Occasionally Browsed
Peppers
Occasionally Browsed
Tomatoes
Occasionally Browsed