En EspaÑol
Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Mr. Smarty Plants - Deer resistant wildflowers for Virginia

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

Tuesday - May 25, 2010

From: Reedville, VA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Deer Resistant
Title: Deer resistant wildflowers for Virginia
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Looking for deer-resistant native wild flowers for full-sun location in the Northern Neck of Virginia. We want to replace large area now grass lawn.

ANSWER:

On our Recommended Species page you will find a list of Deer Resistant Species.  You can use the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option in the side bar to limit the results to Virginia and you can also select 'Herb' from GENERAL APPEARANCE and 'Sun...' from LIGHT REQUIREMENT to find a list that is customized for your requirements.  Here are a few from that list that I would recommend, but you can scan the list for more:

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)

Callirhoe involucrata (purple poppymallow)

Coreopsis tinctoria (golden tickseed)

Gaillardia pulchella (firewheel)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera speciosa (pinkladies)

Rudbeckia hirta (blackeyed Susan)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

It sounds as if you are going to create a meadow (or, at least, a mini-meadow) out of part of your lawn.  You might like to read our "How to Article", Meadow Gardening.  In this article you will read that native grasses are an important part of a meadow and grasses are very deer resistant.  Here are a few attractive native grasses that you might like to consider adding to your mix of wild flowers:

Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Muhlenbergia capillaris (hairawn muhly)

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

Here are photos from our Image Gallery:


Asclepias tuberosa

Callirhoe involucrata

Coreopsis tinctoria

Gaillardia pulchella

Monarda fistulosa

Oenothera speciosa

Rudbeckia hirta

Solidago nemoralis

Bouteloua curtipendula

Elymus canadensis

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Schizachyrium scoparium

 

 

More Deer Resistant Questions

Shade Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Evergreen Hedge Suggestions for CT
April 30, 2013 - I think I am asking for a lot, but here we go… Is there a deer tolerant evergreen that can grow in the shade and create a hedge of 5 feet tall here in CT? I am not opposed to ivy covering a fence if t...
view the full question and answer

Sun tolerant, rabbit-resistant plants in Plano, TX
November 07, 2008 - I live in Plano, Texas and am trying to identify sun tolerant plants for my landscape that are also rabbit resistant. The rabbits have taken over and destroy pansies, marigolds, etc. I am looking fo...
view the full question and answer

Deer deterrent for Texas Persimmon
September 23, 2004 - The deer have destroyed my Texas Persimmon by standing on their hind legs and pulling down the branches--either ripping them off entirely or twisting them. I didn't realize the persimmon fruit would...
view the full question and answer

Rattan vine for deer in Washington County, TX
December 17, 2010 - My property in Washington County has a lot of very old rattan vine, much of which is 3" in diameter. All of the leaf and berry production on these vines is well over 50' above the ground. I manage...
view the full question and answer

Plants that animals won't eat from Ione WA
April 19, 2013 - In Ione Washington and need to know what types of plants and flowers I can plant that animals in that area wont eat?
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