Deer-resistant list

Deer are a major problem for many of us in Central Pennsylvania. It seems like no matter what we plant, deer eat it. To combat this, we decided to create a deer-resistant plant list.

This is compiled from several different sources, and it is meant to be a guide to help in choosing plants the deer seem to pass in favor of others. Please be aware, however, that deer may eat anything when they are hungry enough.


Ageratum, Cosmos, Heliotrope, Marigold, Nasturtium, Petunia, Snapdragon, Sweet Alyssum, California Poppy, Dill, Annual Salvias, Scented Geraniums, Rosemary, Annual French Lavender


Ajuga, Alchemilla, Achillea, Aconitum, Alyssum, Amsonia, Anemone, Anthemis, Arabis, Artemesia, Aster, Astilbe, Aubrietia, Baptisia, Campanula, Chelone, Chrysanthemum, Cimicifuga, Convallaria, Coreopsis (threadleaf types), Crocosmia, Delphinium, Dianthus, Dicentra, Digitalis, Echinacea, Epimedium, Euphorbia, Gallardia, Gallium, Geranium, Helleborus, Iris, Kniphofia, Lamium/Lamiastrum, Lavandula, Liatris, Ligularia, Monarda, Nepeta, Opuntia, Origanum,Paeonia, Papaver, Penstemon, Pervoskia, Polemonium, Polygonum, Pulmonaria, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Scabiosa, Sedum, Stachys, Stokesia, Tanacetum ( heavy spreader), Teucrium, Thymus, Tiarella, Tradescantia, Verbena, Veronica, Yucca


Alliums, Daffodils


Calamagrostis, Miscanthus, Schizacharium


Aronia, Berberis, Buddleia, Buxus, Caryopteris, Cornus, Cotinus, Cotoneaster, Cupressus, Cytisus, Euonymus ‘Greenspire’, Forsythia, Hypericum, Ilex, Juniperus, Kerria, Leucothoe, Lonicera, Mahonia, Myrica, Picea, Pieris, Potentilla, Ribes, Rosa rugosa, Spirea, Syringa ( except S. patula), Viburnum ( although they may eat flower buds), Vitex, Lindera


Acer palmatum, Aesculus, Catalpa, Cotinus, Ginkgo, Magnolia, Picea


Clematis, Hedera ‘Sulphur Heart’ ( They will eat other Hedera) Lonicera ‘Gold Flame’

Please let us know if you are having success with other plants not being eaten. We carry lots of “weird” plants here at Highland Gardens, and others may also be resistant that do not appear on this list.