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Plants Deer Will Not Eat

by Mary Jane Frogge, Extension Associate
This article appeared in the NEBLINE Newsletter

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Deer can be a real problem in parts of Lancaster County. According to Cornell University, the following list of plants are less appealing to a deer's hearty appetite. Try to introduce a few of these plants into your landscape if deer have been a problem in your area.

Perennial Flowers


  • yarrow
  • chives
  • ornamental onion
  • garlic chives
  • basket-of-gold
  • blue star anemone
  • wormwood
  • butterfly weed
  • astilbe
  • false indigo
  • bergenia
  • boltonia
  • butterfly bush
  • bellflower
  • cornflower
  • turtlehead
  • candytuft
  • spike gayfeather
  • tiger lily
  • perennial blue flax
  • ostrich fern
  • painted daisy
  • shasta daisy
  • feverfew
  • bugbane
  • coreopsis
  • sweet william
  • pinks
  • bleeding heart
  • gas plant
  • purple cone flower
  • joe-pye weed
  • queen-of-the-prairie
  • geum
  • baby's breath
  • mint
  • beebalm
  • daffodil
  • evening primrose
  • oregano
  • cinnamon fern
  • interrupted fern
  • Oriental poppy
  • ribbon grass
  • balloon flower
  • Jacob's-ladder
  • cinquefoil
  • primrose
  • pulmonaria
  • buttercup
  • rhubarb
  • sage
  • soapwort
  • scilla
  • goldenrod
  • lamb's ear
  • tansy
  • veronica
  • vinca
  • yucca

Trees and Shrubs


  • barberry
  • paper birch
  • Russian olive
  • Colorado blue spruce
  • European white birch
  • American bittersweet
  • red osier dogwood
  • English hawthorn
  • European beech
  • forsythia
  • honey locust
  • Chinese juniper
  • beautybush
  • Norway spruce
  • white spruce
  • Austrian pine
  • mugo pine
  • red pine
  • Scotch pine
  • lilac

Annual Flowers


  • ageratum
  • snapdragon
  • wax begonia
  • dahlia
  • foxglove
  • blanket flower
  • heliotrope
  • polka dot plant
  • morning glory
  • lobelia
  • four o'clock
  • forget me not
  • sweet basil
  • annual poppy
  • geranium
  • parsley
  • blue salvia
  • dusty miller
  • marigold
  • verbena


Photo Credits: USDA - Ken Hammond

The information on this Web site is valid for residents of southeastern Nebraska. It may or may not apply in your area. If you live outside southeastern Nebraska, visit your local Extension office

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