Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants

Jeff Schalau

Although deer and rabbits are entertaining to watch, they can also do considerable damage to landscape and garden plants. Diets of these animals will change with wild food availability and yearly rainfall and temperature variations. Certain plants are sometimes more desirable when they are young and/or well fertilized. It is difficult to predict what deer and rabbits may find attractive from year to year, but this list suggests some plant species which seem to be less palatable. This list was compiled from observations made by gardeners, landscapers, and nursery personnel in North Central Arizona. There are some products and home remedies that purport to repel and/or discourage these herbivores, but the surest solution to prevent herbivory is to exclude wildlife from your garden using properly designed fences.

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