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Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants

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No plant is deer or rabbit-proof! Garden plants are often browsed by hungry animals if there is little or no greenery to eat in the surrounding area.  Also, animal likes and dislikes may vary regionally. The plants listed below are resistant or considered the second or third choice when dining on plant material. A rule of thumb is that most plants with fuzzy leaves, a strong odor, a strap leaf or a needle, and drought tolerant natives fall into the resistant list.


Ajuga Alyssum (yellow) Artemesia
Astilbe Baby's Breath Black-eyed Susan
Bleeding Heart Butterfly Weed Columbine
Coral Bells Coreopsis Creeping Phlox
Delphinium Ferns Flax
Foxglove Gaillardia Gaura
Glorioso Daisy Ground Ivy Hardy Geranium
Hollyhocks Iris Jacob's Ladder
Lamb's Ears Larkspur Lavender
Lavender Cotton Lupine Missouri Sundrops
Monkshood Nettle/Lamium Penstemon
Poppy Prairie Coneflower Red Hot Poker
Red Valerian Rock Cress Russian Sage
Salvia Snow in Summer Succulents
Sunflower Vinca Major Yarrow

Annuals, Bulbs & Vegetables

Allium Artichoke California Poppy
Dill Fritillaria Garlic
Grape Hyacinth Hops Lantana
Marigold Mint Morning Glory
Daffodil Onion Oregano
Rhubarb Rosemary Salvia
Snapdragon Verbena Zinnia


Apache Plume Barberry Bluebeard/Caryopteris
Butterfly Bush Boxwood Cactus
Lydia Broom Cotoneaster Currant
Daphne Odora Elderberry Fernbush
Forsythia Heavenly Bamboo Holly
Juniper Kerria Lilac
Magnolia Mockorange Oregon Grape
Potentilla Rabbitbrush Rhododendron
Sand Cherry (not Cistena) Scotch Broom Siberian Pea
Silverberry Smoke Tree Snowberry
St. Johns Wort Viburnum (fuzzy-leaved) Yew


Ash Black Locust Box Elder
Catalpa Cypress Cedar
Hawthorn Hackberry Hemlock
Honey Locust Horsechestnut Kentucky Coffee
Maple Oak Pine (2- & 3-needle)
Redbud Redwood Russian Olive
Spruce Sumac Sycamore

Ornamental Grasses

Almost all    


Clematis English Ivy Virginia Creeper

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