Deer Resistant Plants

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.

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Ageraum Ageratum houstonianum
Angel's Trumpet Brugmansia sp
Annual Vinca Catharanthus rose
Dusty Miller Centaurea cineraria
Flowering tobacco Nicotiana sp.
Heliotrope Heliotropium arborescens
Larkspur Consolida ambiugua
Marigold Calendula sp
Nasturtium Tropaoelum majus
Poppy Papaver sp
Snapdragon Antirrhiinum majus
Snow-on-the-Mountain Euphorbia marginata
Spider Flower Cleome sp.
Strawflower Helichrysum
Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima

Perennials and Bulbs

Angelica Angelica
Anise Hyssop Agastache sp.
Astilbe Astilbe
Baby's Breath Gypsophila paniculata
Balloon Flower Platycodon grandiflorus
Basket of Gold Alyssum saxatile
Bear Breeches Acanthus mollis
Bee Balm Mondara didyma
Begonia (Tuberous) Begonia x tuberhybrida
Bellflower Campanula
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia
Blanket Flower Gaillardia
Blazing Star Liatris
Bleeding Heart Dicentra exima
Bluebell Endymion sp
Bugbane Cimicifuga racemosa
Bugleweed Ajuga reptans
Buttercup Ranunculus
Butterfly Bush Buddleia
California Poppy Eschscholzia californica
Candytuft Iberis sempervirens
Canna Canna
Catmint Nepeta
Cinquefoil Potentilla
Columbine Aquilegia
Coneflower Echinacea
Coral Bells Heuchera
Cornflower Centaurea
Crown Imperial Fritillaria imperialis
Daffodil Narcissus sp
Evening Primrose Oenothera
False Indigo Baptisia


Forget me not Myosotis scorpiodes
Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica
Fountain Grass Pennisetum
Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
Gas Plant Dictamnus albus
Germander Teucrium chamaedrys
Geum Geum sp
Globe Thistle Echinops ritro
Goldenrod Solidago
Heartleaf Saxifrage Bergenia
Heath Erica
Heather Calluna
Iris Iris
Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema tiphylum
Jacob's Ladder Polemonium caeruleum
Jerusalem Sage Phlomis sp
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium
Lamb's Ear Stacys byzantina
Lavender Lavandula
Lavender Cotton Santolina Chamaecyparissus
Lenten Ros Helleborus
Lily of the Nile Agapanthus
Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis
Lungwort Pulmonaria
Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinenis
Meadowsweet Filipendula
Monkshood Aconitum
Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale
Ornamental Onions Allium
Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
Pachysandra Pachysandra terminalis
Peony Paeonia
Phlox (tall) Phlox paniculata
Pinks Dianthus
Plumbago Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Primula Primula
Purple Loosestrife Lythrum
Sage Salvia
Scabiosa Knautia macedonica
Sedge Carex elata
Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum
Siberian Squill Scilla siberica
Snowdrops Galanthus nivalis
Soapwort Saponaria
Spotted Deadnettle Lamium sp
Spurge Euphorbia
Statice Limonium latifolium
Sweet William Dianthus
Sweet Woodruff Galium odoratum
Tansy Tanacetum
Tickseed Coreopsis
Tiger Lily Lilium lancifolium
Toadflax Linaria
Turtlehead Chelone
Vervain Verbena
Vinca Vinca
Wild Ginger Asarum canadense
Windflower Anemone
Winter Aconite Eranthus hyemalis
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens
Wormswood Artemesia
Yarrow Achillea
Yucca Yucca

Trees & Shrubs

American Holly Ilex opaca
Barberry Berberis spp.
Bayberry Myrica pensylvanica
Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Birch Betula spp
Bottlebrush Buckeye Aesculus parviflora
Boxwood Buxus sempervirens
Cinquefoil Potentilla spp
Colorado Blue Spruce Picea pungens glauca
Crepe Myrtle Lagerstoremia spp.
Douglas Fir Pseudotsuga menzesii
Drooping Luecothoe Leucothoe fontanesiana
Japanese Andromeda Peiris japonica
Japanese Cedar Cryptomeria japonica
Japanese Falsecypress Chamaecyparis pisifera
Lilac (common) Syringa vulgaris
Mahonia Mahonia spp
Mugo Pine Pinus Mugo
Pawpaw Asimina triloba
Russian Olive Elaeagnus angustifolia
Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris
Serviceberry Amelanchier sp
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum
Spirea Spirea spp
Devils Walking Stick Aralia spinosa
Leatherleaf Mahonia Mahonia spp
Mountain peiris Peiris floribunda


Thyme Thymus spp
Lavender Lavendula sp
Mint Mentha sp
Oregano Oreganum sp
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus
Marjoram Marjorana

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