Deer eating Crinum

Cynthia Mueller
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 07:37:25 PDT
Deer have been eating the blooms of my Hymenocallis and about a foot or so of the attached stalk here in Central Texas, this year, for the first time. Nearby crinums have not been damaged. They were quite picky about Lillium this year, eating each leaf one at a time down the stalk. May be a learned taste, like some mockingbirds eating tomatoes and pecking larger peppers, while others never get started doing this. 
Cynthia W Mueller

> On Aug 16, 2019, at 7:55 AM, Nicholas plummer <> wrote:
> Thinking that all amaryllids are poisonous and therefore would be
> deer-proof, I planted several Crinum x powellii outside our deer fence a
> couple of years ago.  Apparently the local deer have cast-iron stomachs,
> because they regularly mow the foliage to the ground.  I suspect that I'll
> need to dig up the bulbs and move them inside the fence if I ever want to
> see flowers.
> Has anyone else encountered deer that like to eat amaryllids?
> Nick Plummer
> North Carolina, USA, Zone 7.
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