En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - June 06, 2009

From: Tampa, FL
Region: Southeast
Topic: Deer Resistant
Title: Deer resistant groundcover for Tampa, Florida
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I live in Tampa, FL and have a deer problem. I was wondering if you would give me some suggestions for deer resistant ground covers that are hearty and flower but most of all "DEER RESISTANT"!!! Thanks

ANSWER:

Below are plants native to Hillsborough County, Florida that have been designated "deer resistant".  You should realize, however, that if environmental conditions (such as drought) ilimit the availability of the preferred foods of the deer, then they will eat plants that normally they would avoid.  All of these plants are low-growing and some have colorful flowers.  Others have more subtle flowers but interesting foliage.  Ferns, of course, have no flowers at all, but deer avoid eating them and they make good groundcovers in moist shade.

Bacopa monnieri (herb of grace)

Callirhoe involucrata (purple poppymallow)

Coreopsis tinctoria (golden tickseed)

Gaillardia pulchella (firewheel)

Hydrocotyle umbellata (manyflower marshpennywort)

Oenothera speciosa (pinkladies)

Phyla nodiflora (turkey tangle fogfruit)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Rivina humilis (rougeplant)

Salvia lyrata (lyreleaf sage)

Dryopteris ludoviciana (southern woodfern)

Thelypteris kunthii (Kunth's maiden fern)

Woodwardia areolata (netted chainfern)


Bacopa monnieri

Callirhoe involucrata

Coreopsis tinctoria

Gaillardia pulchella

Hydrocotyle umbellata

Oenothera speciosa

Viola sororia

Phyla nodiflora

Salvia lyrata

Rivina humilis

Dryopteris ludoviciana

Thelypteris kunthii

Woodwardia areolata

 

 

 

More Deer Resistant Questions

Leaves being eaten off columbines
May 30, 2011 - Hi, We recently planted some columbines and they have been doing quite well. Just today, we noticed that something has eaten all the leaves off a couple of the plants. Several that are planted clo...
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant vegetables
April 18, 2009 - Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, Are there any vegetables that are deer resistant? Squash, Watermelon, Corn, Chilies?
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant plants for Toronto, Ontario
March 02, 2009 - What are the native trees and shrubs that are resistant to deer browsing and rubbing?
view the full question and answer

Food for deer and turkey in Oklahoma
September 10, 2009 - We recently moved to NE Oklahoma from Texas and have 7 acres, a lot of wild turkeys and wild deer. About 2-3 acres are open, with sun and partial to lots of shade as the rest is heavily wooded. What ...
view the full question and answer

Plants resistant to white-tailed deer from Austin
April 01, 2013 - Could you tell me whether American Beautyberry and Blackfoot Daisy are usually eaten by our Austin white-tailed deer, or not? I get different answers in different publications. It would be great to ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center