Are there any plants deer are less likely to eat?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 12 December 2013 12:11 pm

Plants which may prove unappetising to deer

  • Bamboo
  • Buddleia
  • Buxus (Box)
  • Choisya
  • Clematis
  • Cornus sanguinea
  • Cortaderia (Pampas Grass)
  • Daphne
  • Euphorbia
  • Galtheria
  • Hypericum
  • Lonicera spp. Including Honeysuckle
  • Peaonies
  • Philadelphus
  • Taxus (Yew)
  • Vinca

Deer in one area could have a preference for certain plants but this may well not be matched by another group in a different area.  There are not many flowers or vegetables which deer do not attempt to eat.  All suggested resistant plants must be considered as just that.  When preferred food sources are in short supply or not available, deer are likely to eat plants normally thought to be resistant. 

Spraying the foliage of plants with Grazers, a trace element product helps to reduce damage from deer, by making the foliage unpalatable.

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