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Deer resistant plants

Though a native species, black-tailed deer are sometimes a nuisance in the garden. People often laugh when we say some native plants are deer-resistant, but there really are species that deer avoid! Some wildflowers and most grasses, sedges, and rushes are resistant to grazing by deer.

Try some of these wildflowers where deer have been a problem for you:

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Coastal Sagewort (Artemisia suksdorfii)
Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa)
Henderson’s Shootingstar (Dodecatheon hendersonii)
Few-flowered Shootingstar (Dodecatheon pulchellum)
Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
Entire-leaved Gumweed (Grindelia stricta)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum maximum)
Sea Blush (Plectritis congesta)
Hedge-Nettle (Stachys chamissonis)

A suite of deer-resistant species can make for a colourful garden throughout the spring and summer season!
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