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Plants deer avoid

By: Garden Gate staff
While there’s no such thing as a deer-proof plant, there are definitely ones that deer don’t crave.


plants deer avoid

While there’s no such thing as a deer-proof plant, there are definitely ones that deer don’t crave. Generally, they shun plants with fuzzy, tomentose foliage or ones with lemon, sage or spicy flavors. The plants below are some of deer’s least favorites.

Bulbs Allium Allium spp. Autumn crocus Colchicum spp. Daffodil Narcissus spp. Fritillaria Fritillaria spp. Grape hyacinth Muscari spp. Squill Scilla spp.

PerennialsFoxglove Adam’s needle Yucca filamentosa Agastache Agastache spp. Blue cardinal flower Lobelia siphilitica Catmint Nepeta xfaassenii Foxglove Digitalis spp. Speedwell Veronica spp.

Annuals Angel’s trumpet Brugmansia spp. Canna Canna spp. Forget-me-not Myosotis spp. Firecracker plant Cuphea ignea Heliotrope Heliotropium arborescens Larkspur Consolida ajacis

Trees, shrubs and vines Canna Butterfly bush Buddleja davidii Clematis Clematis paniculata Dwarf Norway spruce Picea abies European white birch Betula pendula Holly Ilex spp. (except thornless varieties) Honeysuckle Lonicera spp.

Published: Nov. 27, 2007
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