Morning glory is an herbaceous annual that is rarely damaged by deer.
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Morning glory is an herbaceous annual that is rarely damaged by deer.

Deer Resistant Plants

This list provides a guide and was developed from a variety of sources which may not all be equally reliable. Note that no plant is completely "deer proof", particularly when deer densities are high.


1. WOODY Ornamental Plants RARELY Damaged by Deer
Common boxwood
Spruce

2. HERBACEOUS Plants RARELY Damaged by Deer
Annuals & Biennials
AgeratumBlanket flowerBlue salvia
CleomeDahliaDatura
Dusty MillerEdging LobeliaForget-me-not
Four o'clockHeliotropeMarigold
Morning gloryNicotianaParsley
Polka-dot plantPoppySnapdragon
Sweet alyssumSweet basilVerbena
Wax begoniaZonal geranium
Perennials
AmsoniaAnemonesAngelica
AstilbeAvensBaby's breath
Balloon flowerBarrenwortBasket of gold
BeebalmBergeniaBleeding heart
BoltoniaBugbaneButtercup
Butterfly bushCandytuftChristmas fern
Cinnamon fernCinquefoilClematis
ColumbineCoreopsisCrown imperial
DaffodilDead nettleEvening primrose
False indigoFeverfewForget-me-not
Garlic chivesGas plantGlobe thistle
GoldenrodHay-scented fernHeath
HeatherHelleboreHungarian speedwell
Interrupted fernJack-in-the-pulpitJapanese pachysandra
Joe pyeweedKirengeshomaLabrador violet
Lamb's earLavenderLily-of-the-valley
LupineLungwortMint
MulleinNew York fernOregano
Ornamental onionOstrich fernOriental poppy
PartridgeberryPennyroyalPerennial blue flax
PlumbagoPrimrosePurple coneflower
Queen-of-the-prarieRibbon grassRoyal fern
SageScillaShasta daisy
Spike gayfeatherStaticeSundrops
Sweet CicelySweet WilliamSweet woodruff
Tiger lilyTurtleheadTussock bellflower
WisteriaWormwoodYarrow

3. WOODY Ornamental Plants SELDOM Severely Damaged by Deer
American bittersweetAustrian pineBeautybush
Chinese junipersCommon sassafrasCorkscrew willow
English hawthornEuropean beechEuropean white birch
ForsythiaHoney locustInkberry
Japanese flowering cherryJapanese wisteriaKousa dogwood
Mugo pinePitch pineRed osier dogwood
Red pineRedvein enkianthusScots pine
White spruce

4. WOODY Ornamental Plants OCCASIONALLY Damaged by deer
Allegheny serviceberryAnthony water spireaBasswood
Border forsythiaBridalwreath spireaBush cinquefoil
Carolina hemlockChestnut oakClimbing hydrangea
Common horsechestnutCranberry cotoneasterDawn redwood
Deciduous azaleasDoublefile viburnumDowny serviceberry
Eastern hemlockEastern red cedarEastern white pine
European larchGreenspire littleleaf lindenJapanese flowering quince
Japanese tree lilacJudd viburnumKoreanspice viburnum
Leatherleaf viburnumNorthern red oakOldfashion weigelia
Panicled dogwoodPaperbark mapleRed maple
Rockspray cotoneasterRosebay rhododendronRose of Sharon
Saucer magnoliaSmokebushSmooth hydrangea
Staghorn sumacSugar mapleSweet cherry
Sweet mock orangeTrumpet creeperVirginia creeper
White firWhite oakWillows

5. HERBACEOUS Plants OCCASIONALLY Damaged by Deer
Annuals & Biennials
PansySunflower
Perennials
ConeflowerCranesbill geraniumIris
Meadow ruePeonySedum
Wood hyacinth

6. WOODY Ornamental Plants FREQUENTLY Severely Damaged by Deer
American arborvitaeAtlantic white cedarApples
Atlantic white cedarBalsam firCatawba rhododendron
CherriesClematisEnglish yew
English/Japanese hybrid yewEuropean mountain ashEvergreen azaleas
Frazer firHybrid tea roseJapanese yew
Pinxterbloom azaleaPlumsRhododendrons
Wintercreeper

7. HERBACEOUS Plants FREQUENTLY Damaged by Deer
Annuals & Biennials
HollyhocksImpatiens
Perennials
Cardinal flowerCrocusDaylily
GoatsbeardHostaLilies
PhloxRosesTulips

- See more at: http://ccetompkins.org/gardening/help-for-gardeners/deer-resistant-plants#sthash.GoBf2OWk.dpuf

Last updated January 31, 2015