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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
Annuals
Vegetables

All plants are rated by their level of deer resistance:

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 WeedRarely
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
Anchusa
AnchusaOccasionally
Browsed
Angelonia
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.