Deer Resistant Plants

Asked October 16, 2016, 12:05 PM EDT

My plant selections have been driven by deer browsing, which is pretty constant. I've had success with daffodils, native iris, and all sorts of alliums, all of which I enjoy. Is there a list or link that you know of that will help inform me about other choices? I like bulbs. Thanks, Rich

Clackamas County Oregon wildlife damage management deer resistant plants horticulture

1 Response

There are many plants that deer do not prefer to eat, unless they are really hungry (or curious)! I have attached several great lists and many nurseries will mark plants 'deer resistant' which is very helpful. Best bet: tell the nursery what you are looking for, let them help you select plants, and then check these lists! Good luck!

"Here is a list of plants that tend to be more deer-resistant. Deer-resistant does not mean deer-proof, and even the plants on this list will get nibbled on from time to time. Deer browsing depends upon the available food source for that year, time of year, location, deer species, and simple curiosity. The only sure-fire way to keep the deer from nibbling is to put up a tall enough fence. Use this list as a guideline and good luck!" "Note: Deer don't read lists!"


Acanthopanax -- Aralia

Achillea -- Yarrow

Aconitum -- Monkshood

Aegopodium -- Bishop's Weed

Agastache -- Anise Hyssop

Ajuga -- Creeping Bugleweed

Alchemilla -- Lady's Mantle

Allium -- Ornamental Chives

Amsonia -- Blue Star

Artemisia -- Wormwood

Arum -- Lords and Ladies

Asclepias -- Butterfly Weed

Aubrieta -- False Rock Cress

Ballota -- Black Horehound

Belamcanda -- Blackberry Lily

Berberis thunbergii -- Barberry

Buddleia davidii -- Butterfly Bush

Buxus -- Boxwood

Calamintha -- Calamint

Carex – Sedge (grasslike plants)

Caryopteris -- Bluebeard

Cephalanthus -- Honey balls

Cerastium -- Snow in Summer

Chelone -- Turtlehead


Daffodil -- see Narcissus

Daphne -- Daphne

Dicentra -- Bleeding Hearts

Digitalis -- Foxglove

Echinops -- Globe Thistle

Epimedium – Barrenwort

Euphorbia -- Spurge

Fallopia – Fleeceflower


Filipendula -- Dropwort


Galium -- Sweet Woodruff

Genista -- Broom

Geranium -- Hardy, Scented Geranium; Cranesbill

Grasses -- Ornamental Grass (see also Carex)

Helenium -- Sneezeweed

Helleborus -- Hellebore

Hypericum -- St. John's Wort

Hyssopus -- Hyssop

Iris siberica -- Siberian Iris

Lamium -- Dead Nettles

Lavandula -- Lavender


Ligularia -- Ligularia

Ligustrum -- Privet

Linaria -- Toadflax

Linum -- Blue Flax

Lychnis -- Rose Campion

Lysimachia -- Whorled Loosestrife

Melissa -- Lemon Balm

Mentha -- Mint

Monarda -- Bee Balm

Myrica -- Northern Bayberry

Narcissus -- Daffodil

Nepeta -- Catnip

Origanum -- Oregano

Paeonia -- Peony

Papaver orientale -- Poppy


Perovskia -- Russian Sage

Phlomis -- Sticky Jerusalem Sage

Phytolacca -- Pokeweed

Picea -- Spruce

Podophyllum -- Mayapple

Polemonium --Jacob's Ladder

Potentilla -- Cinquefoil

Prunella -- Selfheal

Pycnanthemum -- American Mountain Mint

Rhamnus -- Buckthorn

Rheum -- Ornamental Rhubarb

Rhus -- Sumac

Ruta -- Herb of Grace

Salvia -- Meadow Sage

Satureya -- Winter Savory

Scutellaria -- Skullcap

Senecio -- Golden Ragwort

Stachys -- Lamb's Ear

Tanacetum -- Tansy

Teucrium -- Germander

Thymus -- Thyme

Verbascum -- Mullein

Verbena -- Vervain