Plants Deer Will Eat

There are countless inter-related variables affecting what deer will eat in any given year. Just a few of these variables include: population and overall health of the deer, weather conditions, geography and sources of food naturally available in surrounding woods and forested areas.

The following list has been compiled from gardening surveys from across the United States.

Annuals

Asters Asteraceae sp
Coleus Coleus sp
Cosmos Cosmos sp
Dahlia Dahlia sp
Geranium Pelargonium
Gerbera Daisy Gerbera jamesonii
Impatiens Impatiens balsamina
Morning Glory Ipomea sp
Pansies, Violets Viola sp
Petunia Solanaceae
Sunflower Helianthus spp

Perennial and Bulbs

Autumn Joy Sedum Sedum Autumn Joy
Canterbury Bells Campanula medium
Clematis Clematis sp
Crocus Crocus
Daylily Hemerocallis sp
English Ivy Hedera helix
English Ivy Hedera helix
Grape Hyacinths Muscari armeniacum
Hosta Hosta sp
Lillies, Oriental & Asiatic Lilium
Lilyturf Lirope
Phlox (tall garden) Phlox paniculata
Rose Mallow Malvaceae
Strawberry Fragraria sp
Tulips Tulipa sp.

Trees and Shrubs

American arborvitae Thuja occidentalis
Apples Malus
Aucuba Aucuba
Azalea Rhododendron hybrids
Blackberry & Raspberry Rubus sp
Camellia Camellia
Cherries Prunus sp
Eastern redbud Cercis canadensis
Fatsia Fatsia
Hydrangea Hydrangea sp
Indian Hawthorn Raphiolepsis
Norway Maple Acer platanoides
Plum Prunus sp
Rhododendrons Rhododendron sp
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
Roses Rosa hybrids
Winged euonymus Euonymus alatus
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei
Yews Taxus spp