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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:

Deer resistant list in three sections:

Biennials & Perennials



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
AcanthusRarely Damaged
Agapanthus africanus
AgapanthusOccasionally Browsed
Agastache spp.
AgastacheRarely Damaged
Anchusa azurea
AnchusaOccasionally Browsed
Anemone spp.
AnemoneRarely Damaged
Armeria spp.
ArmeriaRarely Damaged
Centaurea macrocephala
Armenian Basket FlowerRarely Damaged
Artemisia lactiflora
ArtemisiaRarely Damaged
Asparagus sprengeri
Asparagus FernRarely Damaged
Aster spp.
AsterOccasionaly Damaged
Astilbe spp.
AstilbeOccasionaly Damaged
Gypsophylla spp.
Baby's BreathOccasionally Browsed
Platycladon grandiflorus
Balloon FlowersOccasionally Browsed
Aurinia saxatilis
Basket-of-GoldRarely Damaged
Monarda spp.
Bee BalmOccasionaly Damaged
Bergenia cordifolia
BergeniaRarely Damaged
Iris domestica
Blackberry LilyRarely Damaged
Buddleia davidii
Butterfly BushRarely Damaged
Asclepias spp.
Butterfly Weed FlowersRarely Damaged
Campanula spp.
CampanulaOccasionally Browsed
Iberis sempervirens
CandytuftRarely Damaged
Phygelius spp.
Cape FuchsiaRarely Damaged
Lobelia spp.
Cardinal FlowerOccasionally Browsed
Ajuga reptens
Carpet BugleRarely Damaged
Nepeta cataria
CatnipRarely Damaged
Chaenorhinum origanifolium
ChaenorhinumOccasionally Browsed
Physalis a.
Chinese Lantern PlantOccasionally Browsed
Allium schoenoprasum
ChivesRarely Damaged
Clematis spp.
ClematisOccasionally Browsed
Aquilegia spp.
ColumbineRarely Damaged
Heuchera spp.
Coral BellsRarely Damaged
Coreopsis spp.
CoreopsisOccasionally Browsed
Hesperis matronalis
Dame's RocketRarely Damaged
Delphinium spp.
DelphiniumRarely Damaged
Dianthus spp.
DianthusOccasionally Browsed
Gunnera spp.
Dinosaur FoodRarely Damaged
Echinacea spp.
EchinaceaOccasionally Browsed
Oenothera spp.
Evening PrimroseRarely Damaged
Dierama pulcherrimum
Fairy WandRarely Damaged
Tanacetum parthenium
FeverfewRarely Damaged
Linum spp.
FlaxOccasionally Browsed
Myosotis spp.
Forge-Me-NotRarely Damaged
Mirabilis jalapa
Four O'ClockOccasionally Browsed
Digitalis spp.
FoxgloveRarely Damaged
Gaillardia aristata, G. grandiflora
GaillardiaOccasionally Browsed
Gaura lindheimeri
GauraRarely Damaged
Liatris spicata
GayfeatherRarely Damaged
Geum Blazing Sunset
GeumOccasionally Browsed
Echinops bannaticus
Globe ThistleRarely Damaged
Assorted spp.
GrassesRarely Damaged
Solidago canadensis
GoldenrodRarely Damaged
Helenium autumnale
HeleniumOccasionally Browsed
Hyssopus officinalis
HyssopRarely Damaged
Delospermum spp.
Ice PlantRarely Damaged
Poleminium caeruleum
Jacob's LadderRarely Damaged
Eupatorium fistulosum
Joe Pye WeedOccasionally Browsed
Centranthus ruber
Jupiter's BeardRarely Damaged
Alchemilla mollis
Lady's MantleRarely Damaged
Lavandula spp.
LavenderRarely Damaged
Melissa officinalis
Lemon BalmRarely Damaged
Cymbopogon flexuosus
Lemon GrassRarely Damaged
Levisticum officinale
LovageRarely Damaged
Lupinus polyphyllus
LupineRarely Damaged
Lychnis spp.
Maltese CrossRarely Damaged
Origanum marjorana
MarjoramRarely Damaged
Meconopsis spp.
Meconopsis PoppyRarely Damaged
Lunaria annua
Money PlantRarely Damaged
Sagina subulata
Irish MossRarely Damaged
Leonurus cardiaca
MotherwortRarely Damaged
Nepeta spp.
NepetaRarely Damaged
Physostegia virginia
Obedience PlantOccasionally Browsed
Origanum vulgare hirtum
OreganoRarely Damaged
Penstemon spp.
PenstemonRarely Damaged
Phlomis russeliana
PhlomisRarely Damaged
Phormium tenax
PhormiumRarely Damaged
Polygonum capitatum
PolygonumOccasionally Browsed
Papaver alpinum
Alpine PoppiesRarely Damaged
Papaver nudicaule
Iceland PoppiesRarely Damaged
Papaver orientale
Oriental PoppiesRarely Damaged
Primula spp.
PrimroseOccasionally Browsed
Prunella grandiflora
PrunellaOccasionally Browsed
Kniphofia uvaria
Red Hot PokerRarely Damaged
Aubrieta x cultorum
Rock CressRarely Damaged
Rosmarinus officinalis
RosemaryRarely Damaged
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian SageRarely Damaged
Salvia nemerosa (S. x superba)
SalviaOccasionally Browsed
Salvia officinalis
SageRarely Damaged
Saponaria ocymoides
SoapwortRarely Damaged
Sempervivum spp.
SempervivumRarely Damaged
Scabiosa spp.
ScabiosaOccasionally Browsed
Scutellaria baicalensis
SkullcapOccasionally Browsed
Sisyrinchium angustifolium
SisyrinchiumRarely Damaged
Cerastium tomentosum
Snow-in-SummerRarely Damaged
Tradescantia x andersoniana
SpiderwortOccasionally Browsed
Hypericum perforatum
St. John's WortRarely Damaged
Stachys spp.
StachysRarely Damaged
Limonium spp.
StaticeRarely Damaged
Stokesia laevis
StokesiaOccasionally Browsed
Viola odorata
Sweet VioletRarely Damaged
Thymus spp.
ThymeRarely Damaged
Verbascum spp.
VerbascumRarely Damaged
Verbena spp.
VerbenaOccasionally Browsed
Veronica spicata
VeronicaRarely Damaged
Arabis spp.
Wall RockcressRarely Damaged
Artemisia absinthium
WormwoodRarely Damaged
Achillea spp.
YarrowRarely Damaged

Deer Resistant Annuals

Ageratum houstonianum
AgeratumRarely Damaged
Lobularia maritima
AlyssumOccasionally Browsed
AnchusaOccasionally Browsed
AngeloniaRarely Damaged
Datura spp.
Angel's TrumpetRarely Damaged
Pimpinella anisum
AniseRarely Damaged
Gypsophylla muralis
Baby's BreathRarely Damaged
Cyanus segetum
Bachelor's ButtonOccasionally Browsed
Sutera cordata
BacopaOccasionally Browsed
Ocimum basillicum
BasilOccasionally Browsed
Begonia semperflorens
Begonia, WaxleafOccasionally Browsed
Moluccella laevis
Bells Of IrelandRarely Damaged
Gilia capitata
Globe GiliaOccasionally Browsed
Borago officinalis
BorageOccasionally Browsed
Brachycome iberidifolia
BrachycomeRarely Damaged
Browallia speciosa
BrowalliaOccasionally Browsed
Asclepias curassavica
Butterfly WeedRarely Damaged
Calendula officinalis
CalendulaRarely Damaged
Ipomoea x multifida
Cardinal ClimberRarely Damaged
Canna generalis
CannaRarely Damaged
Matricaria recutita
Chamomile, GermanRarely Damaged
Collinsia heterophylla
Chinese HousesOccasionally Browsed
Coriandrum sativum
CilantroOccasionally Browsed
Clarkia spp.
ClarkiaOccasionaly Damaged
Cleome spinosa
CleomeRarely Damaged
Ipomoea quamoclit
Cypress VineRarely Damaged
Dahlia variabilis
DahliaOccasionally Browsed
Dichondra argentea
Dichondra, Silver FallsOccasionally Browsed
Anethum graveolens
DillRarely Damaged
Chenopodium ambrosiodes
EpazoteRarely Damaged
Foeniculum vulgare
FennelRarely Damaged
Ipomoea lobata (Mina lobata)
Firecracker VineRarely Damaged
Gazania spp
GazaniaOccasionally Browsed
Heliotropium arborescens
HeliotropeRarely Damaged
Cerinthe major
HoneywortRarely Damaged
Consolida ajacis
LarkspurRarely Damaged
Dorotheanthus bellidiformis
Livingstone DaisyOccasionally Browsed
Lobelia erinus
LobeliaRarely Damaged
Nigella damascena
Love-in-a-MistRarely Damaged
Reseda odorata
MignonetteOccasionally Browsed
Silybum marianum
Milk ThistleRarely Damaged
Mimulus x hybridus
MimulusRarely Damaged
Tropaeolum majus
NasturtiumRarely Damaged
Nicotiana spp
NicotianaRarely Damaged
Osteospermum ecklonis
OsteospermumOccasionally Browsed
Helipterum roseum
Paper DaisyOccasionally Browsed
Petroselinum crispum
ParsleyOccasionally Browsed
Perilla frutescens
PerillaRarely Damaged
Papaver somniferum
Breadseed PoppyRarely Damaged
Eschscholzia californica
California PoppyOccasionally Browsed
Papaver paeoniflorum
Peony PoppyRarely Damaged
Papaver rhoeas
Shirley PoppyRarely Damaged
Portulaca spp.
PortulacaOccasionally Browsed
Ptilotus exaltatus
PtilotusRarely Damaged
Rudbeckia hirta
RudbeckiaOccasionally Browsed
Salvia spp.
SalviaOccasionally Browsed
Satureja hortensis
Summer SavoryRarely Damaged
Linum grandiflorum
Scarlet FlaxOccasionally Browsed
Antirrhinum majus
SnapdragonRarely Damaged
Xerochrysum bracteatum
StrawflowerOccasionally Browsed
Verbena x hybrida
VerbenaRarely Damaged
Catharanthus roseus
VincaRarely Damaged
Torenia fournieri
Wishbone FlowerOccasionally Browsed
Xeranthemum annuum
XeranthemumOccasionally Browsed
Zinnia spp.
ZinniaOccasionally Browsed

Deer Resistant Vegetables

Cynara scolymus
ArtichokesOccasionally Browsed
Cucumis sativus
CucumbersOccasionally Browsed
Solanum melongena
EggplantsOccasionally Browsed
Capsicum annuum
PeppersOccasionally Browsed
Solanum lycopersicum, Lycopersicon esculentum
TomatoesOccasionally Browsed
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Written by Mary Garcia.