Deer Resistant Plants - Plants Deer Won't Eat

Having just moved to Colorado from the suburbs of Dallas, I was not prepared for the new challenges in finding plants for my garden.  Where we are located in Colorado Springs, there are a lot of deer.  Our first attempt at planting a garden was stopped by an overnight herd of cows that decided they were going to eat all of our new plants.  But, after a bit of research I found that there is a solution.

Finding Deer Resistant Plants

Deer tend to avoid some plants and relish others. While no plant can be
guaranteed to be “deer-proof,” some types of plants are less tasty to a
deer. We found the followng list of plants from the local home-depot nursery.

Deer Resistant Perennials

  • Anemone – Anemone
  • Bee Balm – Monarda didym
  • Bellflower – Campanula spp.
  • Butterfly Weed – Asclepias sp.
  • Candytuft – Iberis sempervirens
  • Columbine – Aquilegi
  • Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea
  • Coreopsis – Coreopsis
  • Cranesvill – Geranium spp.
  • Daisy – Chrysanthemum spp.
  • Dame’s Rocket – Hesperis matronalis
  • Fleabane Daisy – Erigeron hybrids
  • Foam Flower – Tiarella cordifolia
  • Geum – Geum hybrids
  • Goldenrod – Solidago hybrids
  • Heartleaf Bergenia – Bergenia
  • Helen’s Flower – Helenium autumnale
  • Hellebore – Helleborus spp.
  • Hibiscus – Hibiscus spp.
  • Iris – Iris spp.
  • Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium caeruleum
  • Joe-Pye Weed – Eupatorium spp.
  • Maltese Cross – Lychnis chalcedonica
  • Monkshood – Aconitum sp.
  • Orange Coneflower – Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
  • Peony – Paeonia hybrids
  • Pinks – Dianthus spp.
  • Rock Cress – Arabis caucasica
  • Russian Sage – Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Salvia – Salvia spp.
  • Sempervivum – Sempervivum spp. 
  • Snow-in-Summer – Cerastium tomentosum
  • Soapwort – Saponaria ocymoides
  • Spanish Baayonet – Yucca filamentosa
  • Speedwell – Veronica spp.
  • White Mugwort – Artemisia lactiflora
  • Yarrow – Achillea spp.


Written by Rob Nelson

Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is the co-creator and director of Untamed Science. His goal is to create videos and content that are entertaining, accurate, and educational. When he's not making science content, he races whitewater kayaks and works on Stone Age Man.

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