Coping With Deer

Judy Glattstein
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:30:06 PST
Deer resistant geophytes include Amaryllidaceae and Araceae. More 
specifically, as observed in my garden - Allium, Anemone, Arisaema, 
Calla, Caladium, Chionodoxa,  Eranthis, Fritillaria, Galanthus, 
Leucojum, Narcissus, Scilla are generally left alone. They'll nibble the 
tips of emerging Hyacinthoides but don't really do much damage. Leave 
Mertensia alone.
Among the non-geophytes deer tend not to eat ornamental grasses, ferns, 
plants with strongly scented foliage, plants with fuzzy leaves.

Be aware that different herds eat different plants - there's one group 
in New Jersey that eats pachysandra. Does eat different plants while 
pregnant and lactating than they tend to eat at other times. Fawns learn 
what to eat from their mother does so it varies from herd to herd. They 
all seem to love hosta and tulips.

Judy in absurdly warm New Jersey

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