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Gardening and Deer

 

The following list of plants for gardens that suffer from deer damage is compiled from several sources. A primary source was a list that was published within an excellent article by Mary Lynn Cox titled "Co-Existing with Deer" in the Fall 1986 issue of Pacific Horticulture. This article suggests methods to prevent deer from reaching your prize plants and lists the plants most likely to be browsed.

If you are having trouble with other nocturnal visitors to your garden - Visit our Raccoon abatement page. Also see these links to other good sources of information on how to keep deer and raccoons from destroying your garden.

It should be noted that a hungry deer is likely to eat any plant but the following plants will likely be eaten as a last resort and only after clearing your neighbors yard of more delectable items. Plants with an asterisk * should be a reasonably safe bet but are more likely to be eaten than the plants without an asterisk. Any comments and additions to this list would be appreciated.

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A  [Top of Page]

Acanthus
Acer circinatum
Acer palmatum
Achillea*
Aconitum
Agave
Ageratum
Agonis fexuosa*
Allium
Alyogyne huegelii*
Amaryllis belladona
Anaphalis
Anchusa
Andromeda polifolia*
Anemome japonica
Aquilegia canadensis
Arabis*
Armeria maritima*
Artemisia
Arum
Aruncus
Arundo
Asarum cadatum
Asclepias
Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'
Astilbe*
Aubretia deltoides*

B  [Top of Page]

Baccharis pilularis
Bamboo
Beaucarnea recurvata
Begonia tuberhybrida
Berberis
Borage
Bougainvillea*
Brodiaea
Brugmansia
Buddleja
Buxus

C  [Top of Page]

Cactaceae
Calendula officinalis*
Calliandra tweedyi*
Callistemon*
Caltha
Calycanthus occidentalis
Campanula
Canna
Carex
Carpenteria californica*
Cassia
Catharanthus roseus
Ceanothus gloriosus
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis*
Ceanothus ‘Blue Jeans’*
Ceanothus ‘Concha’*
Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’*
Celosia*
Centaurea*
Centaurea montana
Centaurea rutifola
Cerastium tomentosum
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides*
Ceratostigma willmonttianum*
Cercis occidentalis*
Chamaecyparis*
Chaenomeles japonica*
Cheiranthus cheiri*
Choisya ternata*
Chrysanthemum frutescens
Chrysanthemum maximum
Cissus rhombifolia*
Clematis
Cistus*
Citrus*
Clarkia*
Clianthus puniceus*
Clivia miniata
Coleonema album*
Coleonema pulchrum*
Convallaria
Convolvulus cneorum*
Coprosma kirkii*
Coprosma repens*
Corokia cotoneaster
Coreopsis (except C. gigantea/grandiflora)*
Correa*
Cortaderia
Corylus cornuta californica
Cotinus coggygria*
Cosmos
Cotoneaster buxifolius
Crinum
Crocosmia
Cycas

D  [Top of Page]

Delphinium
Dendromecon*
Dicentra
Dietes bicolor*
Dietes vegeta*
Digitalis
Dodonaea viscosa
Dovyalis caffra
Duchesnea indica*

E  [Top of Page]

Echinacea
Echium fastuosum
Elaeagnus pungens
Eleocharis montevidense
Epilobium
Epimedium
Erica
Erigeron glaucus*
Erigeron karvinskianus*
Eriogonum (not E. arborescens or E. giganteum)
Erysimum kotschyanum
Eschscholzia californica*
Euphorbia
Euryops pectinatus

F  [Top of Page]

Fatshedera lizei
Ferns (except Pellaea)
Festuca cinerea
Festuca ovina glauca
Ficus*
Filipendula
Forsythia*
Fragaria chiloensis

G  [Top of Page]

Gaillardia*
Galium odoratum
Gamolepis chrysanthemoides
Gaultheria shallon
Gazania*
Genista monosperma
Geranium*
Gerbera*
Gladiola
Grevillea
Griselinia lucida
Gunnera
Gysophila

H  [Top of Page]

Hakea suaveolens
Halimium atriplicifolium
Hebe pinguifolia ‘Pagei’*
Hedera helix*
Helianthemum nummularium*
Helianthus*
Helichrysum
Herbs (except basil)
Hibbertia scandens
Hippophae rhamnoides
Hosta
Hypericum
Hyacinth

I  [Top of Page]

Ilex (except thornless)
Impatiens walleriana
Iochroma cyaneum
Iris

J  [Top of Page]

Jasminum
Junipers

K  [Top of Page]

Kerria japonica*
Kniphofia

L  [Top of Page]

Lagerstroemia indica*
Lamium
Lantana*
Lavandula
Leonotis leonurus
Leptospermum
Leucojum
Ligularia tussilaginea*
Ligustrum japonicum*
Liriope
Lithodora diffusa*
Lobelia erinus*
Loropetalum chinense*
Lunaria
Lupinus*
Lychnis coronaria
Lysimachia nummularia*

M  [Top of Page]

Magnolia*
Mahonia*
Melia azaderach
Melaleuca nesophila*
Melianthus
Melissa
Melittis
Mentha
Mertensia
Mesembryanthemum
Michelia figo
Mimulus*
Mirabilis jalapa
Monarda*
Muehlenbeckia complexa*
Myosotis
Myrica californica*

N  [Top of Page]

Nandina
Narcissus
Nepeta
Nerium oleander
Nierembergia hippomanica*
Nolina parryi

O  [Top of Page]

Omphalolodes cappadocica*
Ophiopogon japonicus
Origanum
Osmanthus*
Oxalis*

P  [Top of Page]

Paeonia suffuticosa
Pachysandra terminalis*
Papaver orientale
Pennisetum sp.
Penstemon*
Philadelphus mexicanus*
Phlox subulata*
Phormium
Physostegia
Plumbago auriculata
Podocarpus
Polygonatum*
Potentilla*
Pulmonaria*
Prunus caroliniana
Punica granatum*

R  [Top of Page]

Ranunculus
Raoulia australis
Rhododendron (large leaved)
Rhus ovata
Ribes
Ricinus communis
Romneya coulteri
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rubus pentalobus*
Rudbeckia fulgida (R.gloriosa)*
Rudbeckia hirta*
Ruscus aculeatus
Russelia equisetiformis

S  [Top of Page]

Saliva
Santolina
Sarcococca*
Satureja
Saxifraga*
Scabiosa
Scaevola ‘Mauve Clusters’*
Scilla peruviana
Senecio
Silene caulescens
Sisyrinchium
Soleirola soleirolii
Sollya heterophylla*
Sparaxis tricolor
Spartium junceum
Stachys byzantina
Stokesia laevis*
Strelitzia reginae
Syringia vulgaris*
Syzigium paniculatum

T  [Top of Page]

Taxus
Tecomaria capensis
Tellima grandiflora*
Teucrium fruticans
Tolmiea menziesii
Thalictrum
Tiarella
Tibouchina urvilleana*
Trachelospermum jasminoides*
Tradescantia*
Trillium
Troepaeolum*
Trollius
Tulipa*

V  [Top of Page]

Vacinium ovatum*
Valeriana officinalis*
Vallota speciosa
Vancouveria hexandra*
Vancouveria planipetala*
Veratrum
Verbena tenuisecta
Viburnum tinus*
Viburnum burkwoodii*
Viburnum davidii*
Vinca major
Viola odorata*

W  [Top of Page]

Wisteria*

Y  [Top of Page]

Yucca

Z  [Top of Page]

Zantedeschia
Zauschneria
Zinnia