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Deer-resistant plants

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

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

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

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

Bulbs that are less attractive to deer include daffodils and grape hyacinth.Oregon Grape Holly 

Native plants growing in their native habitats may be lessappealing to deer thanhighly fertilized and highly irrigated garden plants. Any plant may be Purple Coneflowerattractive to hungry deer in some seasons. More extensive lists may be obtainedfrom some municipalities or local Colorado State University Extension county offices.

Creeping MahoniaFor more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheet(s).

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Updated Friday, August 08, 2014