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Plants Deer Avoid

Dundee Fact Sheets

Plants Deer Avoid                                    Print This Sheet


While deer will eat anything when they are very hungry, the following is a list of the plants that many gardeners report having good results growing in deer populated areas.

Though many favorite plants are not listed here, they can be grown even in the most deer-infested areas because of the numerous outstanding repellent options. Ask our Friendly Experts for recommendations most suitable to your specific situation.




  • Ageratum
  • Cleome
  • Datura
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Marigolds
  • Nicotiana
  • Salvia


  • Ajuga
  • Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)
  • Epimedium
  • Lamium
  • Pachysandra
  • Vinca minor


  • All ornamental grasses
  • All ferns
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Aconitum (Monkshood)
  • Alchemilla mollis ((Lady's Mantle)
  • Aquilegia (Columbine)
  • Artemesia (Wormwood)
  • Astilbe
  • Centranthus
  • Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
  • Digitalis (Foxglove)
  • Euphorbia (Spurge)
  • Geranium macrorrhizum
  • Helleborus (Lenten Rose)
  • German Iris
  • Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
  • Lupinus (Lupine)
  • Monarda (Bee Balm)
  • Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not)
  • Nepeta (Catmint)
  • Papaver (Oriental Poppy)
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage)
  • Salvia
  • Stachys (Lamb's Ear)
  • Tanacetum (Feverfew)


  • Berberis (Barberry)
  • Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)
  • Hypericum (St. John's Wort)
  • Potentilla
  • Rosa rugosa
  • Spirea
  • Viburnum


  • Ash (Fraxinus)
  • Beech (Carpinus)
  • Birch (Betula)
  • Elm (Ulmus)
  • Ginkgo
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus)
  • Honeylocust (Gleditsia)
  • Linden (Tilia)
  • Magnolia
  • Maple (Acer)
  • Redbud (Cercis)
  • Willow (Salix)


  • Buxus (Boxwood)
  • Juniperus (Juniper)
  • Picea (Spruce)


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