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Deer Resistant Native Plants by Region

Are deer-grazing your gardens? Below are cards with five native plants per region that won’t be a deer’s first choice to nibble. Remember, deer will try just about anything, but these plants have a better chance than others at being left alone.

Print off these cards or write down the plant names and take them to your local nursery or look them up on Garden for Wildlife. Try planting these unpalatable plants in clusters of three or four. Then, even if deer do sample them, there will be plenty left behind!

Click on the card that matches your region, right click, and save the card for future reference.

Photo by Scott Carrol / Unsplash CC.

Northwest, United States

States include: parts of northern CA, ID, MT, OR, WA

North/Central, United States

States include: IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI

California, United States

Some plants will do better in different CA ecoregions.

Southwest, United States

States include: AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT

Southeast, United States

States include: AL, GA, FL, NC, parts of MS, SC, TN

South/Central, United States

States include: AL, AR, LA, parts of MS, OK, TX

Northeast, United States

States include: CT, DE, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NJ, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, WV, VI, VT

Please note these lists are not exhaustive, there are other native plants that have deer resistance. Garden for Wildlife does not carry them all.