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Deer-resistant plants

Deer tend to avoid some plants and white firrelish others. While no plant can be guaranteed to be "deer-proof," some types of plants are less tasty to a deer. Try planting thefollowing kinds of plants which are less attractive to deer.

pinyon pineTree suggestions include white fir, Colorado spruce, pinyon pine, common juniper, Rocky Mountain maple, hackberry and honeylocust.

Shrub popotentillassibilities are lead plant, potentilla, Austrian copper rose, quince, 'Blue Mist' spirea, winged euonymus, golden currant, lilacs, Oregon grape holly and pyracantha.

Ground covers tobe tried are creeping mahonia, English ivy, thyme and snow-in-summer. Perennial flowers that Winged Euonymusmay be of use are purple coneflower, peony,blazing star, Shasta daisy, Mexican hat coneflower, lily-of-the-valley and Russian sage. Deer-resistant herbs include marjoram and lavender.

Oregon Grape HollyNative plants growing intheir native habitats maybe less appealing to deerthan highly fertilized and highly watered garden plants. Any plant may be attractive to some individualdeer or deer in some sCreeping Mahoniaeasons. More extensive listsmay be obtained from some municipalitiesor local Colorado State University Extension county offices.

For more information, see the following ColoradoPurple Coneflower State University Extension fact sheet(s).

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Updated Monday, March 31, 2014