Deer Resistant Plants


During a difficult winter, large herds of deer will eat just about any vegetation.  There is no such thing as a deer-proof plant.  You may minimize damage, however, by growing plants least favored by deer, and by avoiding such deer favorites as azalea, rhododendron, yew, rose, daylily, pansy, hosta, tulip and phlox paniculata.  The following is a list of plants, which are considered to be “deer-resistant”.

 

Trees, Shrubs and Vines

 

Amelanchier canadensis – Shadbush serviceberry

 

Amelanchier laevis – Allegheny serviceberry

 

Arctostaphyllos uva-ursi – Bearberry

 

Berberis – Barberry

 

Buxus – Boxwood

 

Caryopteris x clandonensis – Caryopteris

 

Cephalotaxus harringtonia – Japanese plum yew

 

Cephalotaxus var. koreana – Japanese plum yew

 

Chamaecyparis pisifera – Japanese false cypress

 

Cryptomeria japonica – Japanese cedar

 

Daphne – Daphne

 

Eleagnus angustifolia – Russian olive

 

Gaultheria procumbens – Creeping wintergreen

 

Gaultheria shallon – Shallon

 

Hibiscus syriacus – Rose for Sharon

 

Ilex x aquip. ‘San Jose’ – San Jose holly

 

Ilex opaca – American holly

 

Juniperus – Junipers

 

Leucothoe – Leucothoe

 

Ligustrum vulgare – European privet

 

Picea pungens glauca – Colorado blue spruce

 

Pieris japonica – Japanese andromeda

 

Sambucus Canadensis - Blueberry elder

 

Sarcococca hookeriana – Himalayan sweetbox

 

Nandina – Heavenly bamboo

 

Annuals

 

Ageratum houstonianum – Ageratum

 

Anethum graveolens – Common dill

 

Antirrhunum majus – Snapdragon

 

Euphorbia – Spurge

 

Lavandula – Lavender

 

Lobularia maritime – Sweet alyssum

 

Nicotiana – Flowering tobacco

 

Pelargonium – Scented geranium

 

Salvia – Sage

 

Santolina chamaecyparissus – Lavender cotton

 

Tagetes – Marigold

 

Tanacetum vulgare – Common Tansy

 

Thymus – Thyme

 

Tropaeolum majus – Nasturtium

 

Perennials

 

Achillea – Yarrow

 

Aconitum – Monkshood

 

Anemone x hybrida – Japanese anemone

 

Aquilegia – Columbine

 

Arabis – Rock cress

 

Arisaema triphyollum – Jack-in-the-pulpit

 

Bergenia

 

Ceratostigma plumbagnoides – Plumbago

 

Convallaria majalis – Lily of the Valley

 

Coreopsis vert. ‘Moonbeam’ – Threadleaf tickseed

 

Dicentra spectabilis – Bleeding heart

 

Digitalis – Foxglove

 

Echinacea purpurea – Purple Coneflower

 

Epimedium – Barrenwort

 

Euphorbia – Spurge

 

Ferns

 

Fritillaria – Fritillaria

 

Helleborus – Lenten rose

 

Hesperis – Dame’s rocket

 

Lamium maculatum – Deadnettle

 

Lavandula – Lavender

 

Linaria vulgaris – Toadflax

 

Lychnis coronaria – Rose campion

 

Ornamental grasses

 

Papaver orientale – Oriental poppy

 

Perovskia atriplicifolia – Russian sage

 

Pulmonaria – Lungwort

 

Rheum rhabarbarum – Rhubarb

 

Rudbeckia – Black-eyed susan

 

Salvia – Sage

 

Santolina chamaecyparissus – Lavender cotton

 

Stachys byzantina – Lamb’s ear

 

Tiarella cordifolia – Foam flower

 

Thymus – Thyme