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Annuals and Perennials
That Are Less Attractive to Deer

No plant is impervious to deer. However, they'll definitely go for some plants before others. And if deer are hungry enough they will nibble on anything.

The University of Minnesota horticulture extension put together this list of annuals and perennials that deer are less likely to eat. They're also well-suited to Iowa.

Click here for a printer-friendly Acrobat.pdf version.


Amaranth Ajuga/bugleweed
Castor bean Allium
Chinese forget-me-not Amsonia
Cosmos Baby's-breath
Creeping zinnia Bleeding-heart
Cupflower/nierembergia Butterfly weed
Dusty miller Coralbells
French marigolds Coreopsis
Globe amaranth Cranesbill
Mexican tulip Flax
poppy/golden cup Foxglove
Ornamental pepper Gas plant
Periwinkle Gayfeather/liatris
Polygonum Globe thistle
Salvia Golden marguerite
Signet marigold Lamb's ears
Snapdragon Lily-of-the-valley
Snow-on-the-mountain Lungwort
(Euphorbia marginata) Lupine
Spider flower (Cleome) Monkshood
Sweet alyssum Oriental poppy
Wax begonia Pachysandra
Zinnia Peony
  Plume poppy
  Rose campion

For a more complete list of deer-resistant flowers from Rutgers University in New Jersey, click here.

a cute but flower damaging deer

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