Types of Flowers Deers Don’t Like

flowers that deer dont like

Having a landscape full of beautiful flowers is wonderful. However, it can also lead to frustration if deer begin to visit and chew all of the plants.

Now, no plant is fully inedible to deer, but many are deer-resistant. This article covers thirteen flowers deer don’t like. If you are interested in keeping your flowers looking beautiful and healthy, you may enjoy reading about the 5 ways of controlling weeds in your flower bed.


Our first flower on the list of flowers deer don’t like is Columbine which has gorgeous flowers appearing in shades from red to purple to yellow.

It grows best in partial shade and prefers soil that is slightly acidic. This flower should be planted with care as it is toxic to humans, but deer will often leave it alone


Cosmos are beautiful flowers ranging in color from yellow to white to pink or even orange.

They need to be planted in full sun to thrive and, although they can take a month or more to mature, will bloom all the way into fall.

They can offer a carpet of color in a flower bed and deer will leave them be.

Painted Tongue

The Painted Tongue is an impressive flower that exhibits beautiful contrasting colors in its blooms.

Deep red, blue, or purple often color the petals with orange or yellow contrast deeper into the flower along with shading from a third color.

They have a long blooming period from late spring to early fall and deer will avoid them.


The Coneflower can have blooms that are red, pink, or purple along with other colors.

They attract pollinators and can be grown in partial shade but thrive in full sun. Coneflowers prefer well draining soils like loam and a slightly acidic pH.


Daffodils are common flowers found in yards across Texas and are grown from bulbs.

Their flowers can be orange, white, or even pink. Since Daffodils grow from a bulb, they should be planted where the soil can drain adequately otherwise the bulb will rot.

The daffodil’s sap is what makes it deer resistant as they don’t like the taste and they are toxic to humans and pets as well.


Lavender is a fragrant smelling flower that commonly has purple flowers and, in spite of its name, can also be found in shades of pink and white.

Its strong smell helps to ward off deer looking for a meal. Lavender blooms in summer and needs full sun to grow the best.


Salvia, a relative of the herb Sage, has numerous varieties with flowers that bloom pink, blue, red, white, yellow, or purple.

They are an excellent choice for dryer climates as they are heat and drought resistant. Salvias grow best in full sun with well draining soil. Their strong smelling leaves ward off pests and deer.


Snapdragons are tall plants with loads of brightly colored blooms that can be yellow, orange, or pink. They grow slowly but can bloom multiple times throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

Snapdragons need consistent watering as well as full sun unless it gets too hot during the summer then some shade is necessary.


Peonies have large blooms that can be pink, blue, or white. They are grown from bulbs and need a cold period each year for their buds to thrive, but once they are thriving they can continue for decades!

Peonies grow well in most soils and they prefer full sun except for in hot climates where they might need some shade. Also, carefully decide where you want to plant them as they do not transplant well.


The Zinnia needs full sun to grow its best. They bloom all through spring, summer, and fall in an array of colors including red, green, pink, and purple.

The texture of their leaves is what helps deer avoid eating them. In general, Zinnias are low maintenance flowers needing very little extra watering or fertilizing and grow well in most soils.

Shasta Daisy

Shasta Daisies are instantly recognizable because of their white petals and yellow centers. These are a great addition to any garden bed because they are resistant to droughts, pests, and diseases.

The Shasta Daisy should be planted with caution as it is a non-native plant and can spread quickly.


Marigolds are beautiful flowers to have in a bed or around a garden not only for their vibrant colors ranging from red to orange to yellow, but also because their strong smell wards off mosquitoes and other pests as well as deer.

There are many varieties of Marigold and they all adapt to different soils and tolerate drought conditions.


True Sunflowers can grow to heights of well over six feet and be more than six inches wide. They typically have flowers that are orange or yellow in color.

Sunflower leaves are rough so deer avoid them. In addition, Sunflowers are amazing plants that are known to clean air, water, and soil of pollutants!

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Deer, and other creatures like rabbits, can wreak havoc on flowers. They can quickly demolish the plants and cause frustration. This list of thirteen flowers deer don’t like is a good start in making your landscape more deer-resistant.

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