What Deer Do and Don't Like To Eat

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What Deer Do and Don't Like To Eat

Post by Joe Zimmerm » Thu, 11 Jan 1996 04:00:00



 -=> Quoting Janet Wintermute to All on 03 Jan 96  09:45:45<=-

 JW> This is a repost to help recent requesters for more info on plants
 JW> that deer don't like.--Janet

 JW> The November American Horticulturist includes a helpful piece by the
 JW> North Carolina Arboretum (Asheville, NC) on the results of their study
 JW> of which plants are and are not eaten by deer.  Switching to plants
 JW> that deer avoid won't cure today's problem for you,  but the list may
 JW> point you in a good direction when considering new species to add or
 JW> items to replace plants the deer have already damaged.

Gee, I certainly wish the Deer in my area of central Texas could read.
If they could they would be on the first flight to NC. <g>...  What
the research persons do not take into account is the density of the
deer population in some residential areas which are soooooo over
crowded with deer that they eat everything in sight.  Even take bites
out of cactus.  regards Joe

 JW> "Plants Eaten by Deer:

 JW> Astarum canadense (wild ginger)
 JW> Heuchera (all cultivars)
 JW> Phlox spp.
 JW> Sanguisorba tenuifolia (burnet)
 JW> Saponaria spp. (soapwort)
 JW> Tradescantia spp. (spiderwort)
 JW> Tricyrtis spp. (toad lily)
 JW> Viola cornuta (horned violet)

 JW> "Plants NOT Eaten by Deer:

 JW> Ajuga spp. (bugleweed)
 JW> Astilbe spp.
 JW> Campanula spp. (bellflower)
 JW> Chrysogonum ***ianum
 JW> Clematis paniculata
 JW> Clethra alnifolia (summersweet)
 JW> Deutzia gracilis
 JW> Epimedium spp.
 JW> Ferns
 JW> Itea ***ica (sweetspire)
 JW> Lamium maculatum
 JW> Leucanthemum spp.
 JW> Lobelia spp.
 JW> Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle)
 JW> Magnolia spp.
 JW> Myosotis spp. (forget-me-not)
 JW> Pachysandra procumbens
 JW> Pelargonium spp. (scented geraniums)
 JW> Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)
 JW> Pulmonaria spp. (lungwort)
 JW> Rubus pentalobus (crinkle-leaf creeper)
 JW> Sagina spp. (pearlwort)
 JW> Salvia spp.
 JW> Solidago spp. (goldenrod)
 JW> Teucrinum spp. (germander)
 JW> Tiarella spp.
 JW> Veronica spp. (speedwell)"

 JW> Apparently the NC Arboretum folks were originally responding to an
 JW> article on animals in gardens printed in the July Amer. Hortic.

 JW> The Arboretum reports that hostas are particularly appetizing to deer,
 JW> but these 3 hostas are resistant:

 JW> 'Blue Cadet
 JW> 'Elegans'
 JW> 'Sum and Substance'

 JW> And 'Halcyon' lost buds only.

 JW> --Janet

 JW> -!-
 JW>  ! Origin: Austin InfoMail Association <--> Internet Gateway
 JW> (1:382/87.0)

 
 
 

What Deer Do and Don't Like To Eat

Post by Bob Bake » Mon, 15 Jan 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> -=> Quoting Janet Wintermute to All on 03 Jan 96  09:45:45<=-

> JW> This is a repost to help recent requesters for more info on plants
> JW> that deer don't like.--Janet

> JW> The November American Horticulturist includes a helpful piece by the
> JW> North Carolina Arboretum (Asheville, NC) on the results of their study
> JW> of which plants are and are not eaten by deer.  Switching to plants
> JW> that deer avoid won't cure today's problem for you,  but the list may
> JW> point you in a good direction when considering new species to add or
> JW> items to replace plants the deer have already damaged.

>Gee, I certainly wish the Deer in my area of central Texas could read.
>If they could they would be on the first flight to NC. <g>...  What
>the research persons do not take into account is the density of the
>deer population in some residential areas which are soooooo over
>crowded with deer that they eat everything in sight.  Even take bites
>out of cactus.  regards Joe

> JW> "Plants Eaten by Deer:

> JW> Astarum canadense (wild ginger)
> JW> Heuchera (all cultivars)
> JW> Phlox spp.
> JW> Sanguisorba tenuifolia (burnet)
> JW> Saponaria spp. (soapwort)
> JW> Tradescantia spp. (spiderwort)
> JW> Tricyrtis spp. (toad lily)
> JW> Viola cornuta (horned violet)

> JW> "Plants NOT Eaten by Deer:

> JW> Ajuga spp. (bugleweed)
> JW> Astilbe spp.
> JW> Campanula spp. (bellflower)
> JW> Chrysogonum ***ianum
> JW> Clematis paniculata
> JW> Clethra alnifolia (summersweet)
> JW> Deutzia gracilis
> JW> Epimedium spp.
> JW> Ferns
> JW> Itea ***ica (sweetspire)
> JW> Lamium maculatum
> JW> Leucanthemum spp.
> JW> Lobelia spp.
> JW> Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle)
> JW> Magnolia spp.
> JW> Myosotis spp. (forget-me-not)
> JW> Pachysandra procumbens
> JW> Pelargonium spp. (scented geraniums)
> JW> Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)
> JW> Pulmonaria spp. (lungwort)
> JW> Rubus pentalobus (crinkle-leaf creeper)
> JW> Sagina spp. (pearlwort)
> JW> Salvia spp.
> JW> Solidago spp. (goldenrod)
> JW> Teucrinum spp. (germander)
> JW> Tiarella spp.
> JW> Veronica spp. (speedwell)"

> JW> Apparently the NC Arboretum folks were originally responding to an
> JW> article on animals in gardens printed in the July Amer. Hortic.

> JW> The Arboretum reports that hostas are particularly appetizing to deer,
> JW> but these 3 hostas are resistant:

> JW> 'Blue Cadet
> JW> 'Elegans'
> JW> 'Sum and Substance'

> JW> And 'Halcyon' lost buds only.

> JW> --Janet

> JW> -!-
> JW>  ! Origin: Austin InfoMail Association <--> Internet Gateway
> JW> (1:382/87.0)

I read an article today that pointed out that deer in one area will eat a
plant that deer in another area will not eat.  And, it will all depend on
just how much natural feed is available for them.  If the get hungry
enough they will eat everything except those that are posion.  

Someone pointed out that human hair is a good repellent because of the
human scent.  That may work in the wild but when the deer, 12 to 20 at a
time, use your yard to bed down in then they can't be to afraid of
humans.

The untimate deer repellent:  An eight foot fence.

Good luck.

Bob