Deer Resistant Rarely Damaged Perennials



If deer are starving, there are no perennial flowers that are completely deer proof.  Looking through this chart of Rarely Damaged Perennials,you will be pleased to find that there are many different species of perennials with a large variety of colors, sizes, and foliage types, for you to choose from.You will notice in the comments that many of these plants are toxic, have rough or bitter foliage, or a strong odor that repels deer.  A deer proof garden may not be totally possible, but this is chart of deer resistant perennials, combined with our chart of deer resistant annuals you can have a beautiful flower garden or landscape.

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BOTANICAL NAME

COMMON NAME

COMMENTS
ZONE OR

STATE SOURCE


Achillea millefolium
Yarrow Bitter taste/aromatic TX,CO,MD

Aconitum species

Monkshood


NJ,MD

Agastache species

Anise Hyssop


NJ

Agave americana
Century Plant POISONOUS OR

Allium species

Oranamental Onion

Also listed in bulbs

NJ

Amsonia illustris
Showy Blue-Star Coarse foliage TX

Anisacanthus wrightii
Flame Acanthus Aromatic TX
Anisodontea 'Taras Wonder' Mini Mallow Aromatic TX
Apocynum androsaemilolium Dogbane Milky bitter sap TX

Aquilegia species
Columbine MD,OR

Arabis caucasica

Rock-Cress


NJ

Argemone mexicana
Yellow Prickly Poppy Toxic all parts/bitter taste TX

Argemone sanguinea
Rose Prickly Poppy Prickly foliage TX

Argemone texana
White Prickly Poppy Toxic all parts/bitter taste TX

Arisaema triphylum

Jack-in-the-pulpit


NJ

Armoracia rusticana

Horseradish

Stron odor and taste

NJ

Artemisia dracunculus

Tarragon

Aromatic herb

NJ,MD,OR

Artemisia ludoviciana
White Sage Aromatic, fuzzy TX,MD,OR

Artemisa species

Silver Mound


NJ,MD,OR

Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger


NJ,MD

Asarum europaeum

European Ginger


NJ,MD

Asciepias linaria
Pineleaf Milkweed Sticky sap TX

Asciepias sublata
Desert Milkweed Sticky sap TX

Asclepias asperula
Antelope Horns TX

Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Weed Sticky sap TX

Asclepias virdii
Green Milkweed Sticky sap TX

Astilbe spp.
Astilbe Perennial MD

Aubretia deltoidea

Purple Rock-Cress


NJ

Aurinia saxatilis

Basket of Gold


NJ,MD

Baptisia australis

False Indigo


NJ,TX

Brugmansia spp.
Yellow Datura Burning taste, TX

Bruneria macrophylla

Siberian Bugloss,Brunnera


NJ

Cactaceae species

Catus
Spiny
NJ

Caesalpinia gilliesii
Bird of Paradise Spiny TX

Caltha palustri
Windflower Bitter taste, toxic TX

Campanula rotundifolia
Mountain harebell CO

Cassia lindheimeriana
Lindheimer Senna Toxic, Bitter taste TX

Cassia roemeriana
Two-Leaved Senna Toxic TX

Centaurea melitensis
Tocalote Thistle Prickly TX

Centaurea texanum
Texas Thistle Prickly, Biennial TX

Centaurium beyrichii
Mountain Pink Bad taste TX
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago Blue flowers MD

Cestrum nocturnum
Nigth Blooming Jasmine Toxic all parts TX

Chrysanthemum mexicana
Damianita Aromatic/Coarse foliage TX

Cimicifuga racemosa
Snakeroot MD

Cichorium intybus
Chicory Milky sap/bitter taste TX

Coreopsis verticillata

Threadleaf Coreopsis


NJ,MD

Corydalis species

Corydalis


NJ

Dalea greggii
Gregg Dalea Aromatic TX

Datura innoxia
Datura Toxic TX

Datura metheioides
Datura Toxic TX

Datura quercifolia
Datura Toxic all parts TX

Datura wrightii
Datura/Jimsonweed Toxic all parts TX

Daucus carota
Queen Anne's Lace Rarely eaten TX

Delphinium carolinianum
Blue Larkspur Toxic all parts TX,MD,OR

Dicentra eximia

Fringed Bleeding Heart


NJ

Dicentra spectabilis

Bleeding Heart


NJ,TX

Digitalis purpurea
Foxglove Causes pain in throat TX,OR

Dyschoriste linearis
Snake Herb Bitter taste TX

Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower Native CO

Echinops ritro

Small Globe Thistle

Spiny foliage

NJ

Equisetum arvense
Horsetail Toxic all parts TX

Erygium heterophyllum
Mexican Thistle Coarse foliage TX

Erygium leavenworthii
Eryngo Coarse foliage TX

Eupatorium perforlifum
Joe-Pye Weed Toxic all parts TX

Eupatorium rugosum
White Snakeroot Toxic all parts TX

Euphorbia species

Spurge

Except Chameleon

NJ

Europs species
Daisy Bush Aromatic TX

Gaillardia aristata
Gaillardia/Blanketflower Native in Midwest CO

Grindelia lanceolata
Fall Gumweed Sticky to touch TX

Gutierezia sarothrea
Snakeweed Toxic all parts/turpine odor TX

Helianthus angustifolius
Swamp Sunflower Toxic TX

Heliotropium amarum
Bitterweed Yellow-Ox-eye TX

Helleborus sp.

Lenton/Christmas Rose

Winter blooming

NJ,MD,OR

Hesperis matronalis

Dame's Rocket


NJ,MD

Heterotheca latifolia
Golden Aster Aromatic/camphor odor TX

Hymenoxys scaposa
Four-Nerve Daisy Bitter taste/aromatic TX

Hypericum species
St. John's Wort Calming effect if eaten MD

Hyssopus officinalis

Hyssop


NJ

Iris species

Iris

May eat buds

NJ

Kniphofia species
Red Hot Poker Spiky foliage MD,OR

Lantana camara
Lantana Aromatic TX,MD

Lantana horrida
Texas Lantana Toxic/Coarse foliage TX,MD

Lavandula species

Lavendar

Aromatic

NJ,CO,MD

Liatris punctata
Gayflower CO

Ligularia dentata

Bigleaf Goldenray

NJ

Ligularea 'The Rocket'

Rocket Ligularia


NJ

Limonium latifolium

Statice


NJ

Linaria vulgaris

Butter and Eggs


NJ,MD

Lipidium montanum
Western Peppergrass Aromatic Pepper Odor TX

Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal Flower Toxic all parts/Bitter taste TX,MD

Lychnis coronaria

Rose Campion


NJ

Majorana

Marjoram


NJ

Marrubium vulgare

Horehound

Strong taste

NJ

Melampodium leucanthum
Black-Foot Daisy TX

Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm


NJ

Mentha species

Mint

Strong mint flavor and smell

NJ,MD

Monardia citriodora
Lemon Beebalm Aromatic/Citronella taste TX

Myosotis species

Forget-Me-Not


NJ

Nepeta species

Catmint

Aromatic

NJ,MD

Nyctagina capitata
Scarlet Musk Flower Aromatic TX

Oreganum species

Oregano

Aromatic

NJ,TX

Oxytropis lambertii
Locoweed Toxic all parts TX

Paeonia species

Peony

May eat buds

NJ

Papaver nudicaule
Iceland Poppy Toxic all parts TX,MD

Perovskio atriplicifolia

Russian Sage

Aromatic

NJ,TX,CO

Phlomis species

Greek Jerusalem Sage

Aromatic

NJ,TX

Phystegia intermedia
Spring Obedient Plant Aromatic TX

Phystegia virginia
Fall Obedient Plant Aromatic TX

Picradeniopsis spp.
Bahia Bitter taste TX

Plumbago auriculata
Cape Plumbago TX

Podophyllum

May Apple


NJ

Poliomintha longifolia
Mexican Oregano Aromatic TX

Potentilla species

Potentilla,Cinquefoil


NJ,MD

Psilstrphe tagetina
Wooly Paper Flower Toxic all parts TX

Psoralea tenuiflora
Scurfy Pea TX

Pulmonaria species

Lungwort


NJ

Quincula lobata
Purple Ground Cherry Toxic all parts TX

Ranunculus species

Buttercup


NJ

Rodgersia species

Rodgers Flower


NJ

Rudbeckia lacinata
Goldenglow Causes pain if eaten TX,CO

Ruta species

Rue


NJ

Salvia azurea v. pitcherii
Pitcher Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia ballotaeflora
Blue Shrub Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia chamaedryoides
Gray Shrub Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia coccinea
Tropical Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia discolor
Silver Peruvian Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia farinacea
Mealy Blue Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia greggii x lyciodes
Nuevo Leon Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia greggii x microphylia
Red Velvet Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia greggii
Cherry Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia guaranitica
Magestic Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia leucantha
Mexican Bush Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia longispica farinacea
Indigo Spires Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia lycioides
Canyon Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia lyrata
Lyre-Leaf Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia officinalis

Garden Sage

Aromatic

NJ

Salvia regla
Mountain Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia roemeriana
Cedar Sage Aromatic TX

Salvia uliginosa
Bog Sage Aromatic TX
Santolina chamaecyparissus Lavender-Cotton Aromatic NJ,TX,MD

Santolina virens
Santolina Aromatic TX,MD

Saponaria officinalis
Bouncing Bet Bitter soap-like taste TX

Stachys byzantina
Lamb's Ear Fuzzy leaves NJ,MD

Stachys coccinea
Texas Betony Aromatic TX

Tagetes lemmonii
Copper Canyon Daisy Aromatic TX

Tagetes lucida
Mexican Marigold Aromatic TX

Tanacetum vulgare
Common Tansy Toxic all parts/Aromatic NJ,TX,MD

Teucrium chamaedrys
Germander Aromatic NJ

Thalictrum species
Meadow Rue NJ

Thymus species
Thyme Aromatic NJ,CO,MD

Tiarella species
Foamflower MD

Verbesina virginia
Frostweed TX,MD

Vigiera denata
Golden-eye Musky odor TX

Yucca filimentosa
Yucca Sharp blades NJ,MD
Xanthocephalum dracunculiodes Common Broomweed TX

Zantedeschia species
Calla Lilly OR

Zauschneria sp.

California fushia


CO,OR

Check The Lists of Other Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Trees
Rarely Damaged Shrubs
Rarely Damaged Palms
Rarely Damaged Ornamental Grasses
Rarely Damaged Ferns
Rarely Damaged Bulbs
Rarely Damaged Annuals
Rarely Damaged Roses
Deer resistant vegetables, herbs, and fruit