Deer Resistant Plants for the Landscape –Annuals & Perennials

Millie Davenport ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension

It is disheartening to add new annual and perennial plants to the landscape only to find them mowed to the ground by resident wildlife. Many gardeners struggle with deer eating their plants. While no plant is completely fool proof, deer seldom damage the plants listed below. The only solution that is fail proof is exclusion, which is not a very practical solution for most homeowners. For more information about the biology and prevention of deer damage, see


Common Name Botanical Name Light Requirements
Annual Vinca Catharanthus roseus Full Sun
Cleome Cleome hassleriana Full Sun
Coleus Solenostemon species (some coleus sun tolerant varieties available) Part Shade
Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus Full Sun
Dusty Miller Senecio cineraria Full Sun
Marigold Tagetes species Full Sun
Mealycup Sage Salvia farinacea Full Sun
Butter Daisy Melampodium paludosum Full Sun
Pentas Pentas lanceolata Full Sun
Petunia Petunia species Full Sun
Purple Heart Tradescantia ‘Purple Heart’ Full Sun/Part Shade
Wax Begonia Begonia semperflorens Part Shade
Zinnia Zinnia species Full Sun


Common Name Botanical Name Light Requirements
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum Full Sun/Part Shade
Anise Sage Salvia guaranitica Full Sun
Artemisia Artemisia x ‘Powis Castle’ Full Sun
Autumn Fern Dryopteris erythrosora Full to Part Shade
Bee Balm Monarda didyma Full to Part Sun
Blanket flower Gaillardia x grandiflora Full Sun
Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Part Sun
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa Full Sun
Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior Full Shade
Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides Full to Part Shade
Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Full to Part Shade
Columbine Aquilegia species Part Shade
Coreopsis Coreopsis species Full Sun/Part Shade
False Indigo Baptisia species Full Sun
Goldenrod Solidago rugosa Full Sun
Coralbells Heuchera species Part Shade
Holly Fern Cyrtomium falcatum Full to Part Shade
Japanese Painted Fern Athyrium nipponicum var. pictum Full to Part Shade
Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium dubium Full Sun/Part Shade
Lamb’s Ear Stachys byzantina Full Sun
Lungwort Pulmonaria species Full to Part Shade
Mexican Bush Sage Salvia leucantha Full Sun
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Full Sun
Royal Fern Osmunda regalis Full to Part Shade
Russian Sage Perovskia hybrids Full Sun
Texas Sage Salvia greggii Full Sun/ Part Shade
Yarrow Achillea species Full Sun/Part Shade


Common Name Botanical Name Light Requirements
Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens Full Sun
Confederate Jasmine Trachelospermum jasminoides Full Sun/Part Shade
Coral Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens Full Sun/Part Shade
Crossvine Bignonia capreolata Full Sun/Part Shade


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