Marin Master Gardeners
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Marin Master Gardeners

Deer Resistance Qualities

This is a list of plants categorized by level of deer resistance.

Rarely Damaged

   Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen'
Crimson Queen Red Japanese Maple
Rarely Damaged
   Achillea 'Moonshine'
Yarrow
Rarely Damaged
   Achillea millefolium 'Rosea'
Yarrow
Rarely Damaged
   Agastache 'Apricot Sunset'
None
Rarely Damaged
   Aloe plicatilis
Fan Aloe
Rarely Damaged
   Aloe striata
Coral Aloe
Rarely Damaged
   Anemanthele lessoniana (Stipa arundinacea)
New Zealand Wind Grass; Pheasant's Tail Grass
Rarely Damaged
   Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Emerald Carpet'
Emerald Carpet Manzanita
Rarely Damaged
   Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita
Rarely Damaged
   Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'
Dr. Hurd Manzanita Tree
Rarely Damaged
   Arctostaphylos pajaroensis 'Paradise'
Paradise Manzanita
Rarely Damaged
   Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Bearberry
Rarely Damaged
   Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Wormwood
Rarely Damaged
   Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'
Myer's Asparagus Fern
Rarely Damaged
   Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri
Sprengeri Asparagus Fern
Rarely Damaged
   Berberis thunbergii-atropurpurea 'Nana'
Dwarf Japanese Barberry
Rarely Damaged
   Carex divulsa (formerly c. tumicola)
Berkeley Sedge
Rarely Damaged
   Carex pansa
California Meadow Sedge
Rarely Damaged
   Carex Testacea
Orange New Zealand Sedge
Rarely Damaged
   Carpenteria californica
Bush Anemone
Rarely Damaged
   Cercis occidentalis (Shrub)
Western Redbud
Rarely Damaged
   Chionochloa flavicans Zotov
Snow Tussock, Toetoe
Rarely Damaged
   Choisya ternate
Mexican Orange
Rarely Damaged
   Chondropetalum tectorum
Cape Rush
Rarely Damaged
   Cistus skanbergii
Pink Rockrose
Rarely Damaged
   Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'
Golden Breath of Heaven
Rarely Damaged
   Cotinus coggygria
Smoke Tree, ’Royal Purple’
Rarely Damaged
   Cupressus sempervirens 'Stricta'
Italian Cypress
Rarely Damaged
   Datura metel 'Belle Blanche'
Devil's Trumpet
Rarely Damaged
   Dendromecon harfordii
Island Bush Poppy
Rarely Damaged
   Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
Rarely Damaged
   Echinacea purpurea 'Big Sky Series'
Coneflower
Rarely Damaged
   Eschscholzia californica
California Poppy
Rarely Damaged
   Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Spurge
Rarely Damaged
   Feijoa sellowiana
Pineapple Guava
Rarely Damaged
   Fragaria chiloensis
Ornamental Strawberry
Rarely Damaged
   Fremontodendron californicum 'Pacific Sunset'
Pacific Sunset Flannel Bush
Rarely Damaged
   Gaura lindheimeri
Wand Flower/ Butterfly Gaura
Rarely Damaged
   Gazania rigens 'Gold Sun'
Creeping Gazania/Treasure Flower
Rarely Damaged
   Geranium incanum
Cranesbill Geranium
Rarely Damaged
   Geranium sanguineum
Bloody Cranesbill
Rarely Damaged
   Ilex cornuta 'Carissa'
Holly 'Carissa'
Rarely Damaged
   Juniperus procumbens 'Nana'
Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper
Rarely Damaged
   Juniperus sabina 'Arcadia'
Arcadia Juniper
Rarely Damaged
   Lantana camara
Lantana
Rarely Damaged
   Lantana montevidensis 'New Gold'
New Gold Trailing Lantana
Rarely Damaged
   Lavandula
Lavender
Rarely Damaged
   Lavatera maritima
Lavatera/Tree Mallow
Rarely Damaged
   Limonium sinuatum
Statice/Sea Lavender
Rarely Damaged
   Mahonia repens
Creeping Mahonia
Rarely Damaged
   Melinus nerviglumis or Rhynchelytrum nerviglume
Ruby Grass
Rarely Damaged
   Microbiota decussata
Siberian Carpet Cypress
Rarely Damaged
   Monardella villosa 'Russian River'
Coyote Mint
Rarely Damaged
   Muhlenbergia capillaris
Pink Muhly Grass, Pink Hair Grass, Purple Muhly
Rarely Damaged
   Nepeta racemosa 'Walkers Low'
Catmint
Rarely Damaged
   Nerium oleander
Oleander
Rarely Damaged
   Olea europaea
Olive,’ Majestic Beauty’
Rarely Damaged
   Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'
Ornamental oregano
Rarely Damaged
   Osteospermum 'Sparkler'
African Daisy
Rarely Damaged
   Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'
Blue Bedder/Foothills Penstemon
Rarely Damaged
   Perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Phlomis fruticosa
Jerusalem Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Phormium 'Wings of Gold'
New Zealand Flax
Rarely Damaged
   Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa'
Dwarf Colorado Blue Spruce
Rarely Damaged
   Prunus cerasifera
Cherry Plum, Flowering Plum
Rarely Damaged
   Quercus suber
Cork Oak
Rarely Damaged
   Rosmarinus officinalis 'Huntington Carpet'
Huntington Carpet Rosemary
Rarely Damaged
   Rubus calycinoides 'Emerald Carpet'
Creeping Rasberry
Rarely Damaged
   Salvia apiana
White Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'
Charparral Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Salvia greggii
Autumn Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Salvia leucantha
Mexican Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'
Meadow Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Salvia sclarea
Clary/Muscatel Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Salvia spathacea
Hummingbird Sage
Rarely Damaged
   Stipa gigantea
Giant Feather grass, Golden Oats
Rarely Damaged
   Stipa ichu
Peruvian Feather Grass
Rarely Damaged
   Stipa ramosissima
Pillar of Smoke
Rarely Damaged
   Tagetes lemmonii
Mexican Bush Marigold/Lemon scented marigold
Rarely Damaged
   Thymus praecox arcticus
Creeping Thyme
Rarely Damaged
   Verbena tenuisecta 'Edith'
Edith Verbenan
Rarely Damaged
   Vitex agnus-castus
Lilac Chaste Tree
Rarely Damaged
   Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’
Adam’s Needle
Rarely Damaged

Seldom Damaged

   Aeonium 'Sunburst'
Copper Pinwheel
Seldom Damaged
   Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Anise Hyssop
Seldom Damaged
   Antirrhinum multiflorum 'Rose Snapdragon'
Rose Snapdragon
Seldom Damaged
   Arctotis stoechadifolia
African Daisy
Seldom Damaged
   Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Plant
Seldom Damaged
   Caryopteris x clandonensis
Blue Spirea/Bluebeard
Seldom Damaged
   Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'
Julia Phelps California Lilac
Seldom Damaged
   Clivia miniata
Kaffir Lily
Seldom Damaged
   Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'
Tickseed
Seldom Damaged
   Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Royal Purple Smokebush
Seldom Damaged
   Cuphea llavea
Bat-faced Cuphea
Seldom Damaged
   Daphne odora 'Aureo-marginata'
Winter Daphne
Seldom Damaged
   Dryopteris arguta
Wood Fern
Seldom Damaged
   Dudleya ‘Britonni’
Chalk Dudleya
Seldom Damaged
   Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'
Coast Silk Tassel
Seldom Damaged
   Helleborus x hybridus
Christmas/Lenten Rose
Seldom Damaged
   Heteromeles arbutifolia
Toyon/Christmas Berry
Seldom Damaged
   Hypericum moserianum
St John's Wort/Gold Flower
Seldom Damaged
   Lagerstroemia indica
Crape Myrtle
Seldom Damaged
   Leptospermum scoparium
Tea Tree, ‘Ruby Glow’
Seldom Damaged
   Lupinus albifrons
Silver Bush Lupine
Seldom Damaged
   Myrsine africana
African Boxwood
Seldom Damaged
   Polypodium californicum
California Ground Fern
Seldom Damaged
   Polystichum munitum
Western Sward Fern
Seldom Damaged
   Polystichum setuosum
Japanese Lace Fern
Seldom Damaged
   Pyrus calleryana
Bradford Pear Tree
Seldom Damaged
   Rhamnus alaternus 'Variegata'
Varigated Italian Buckthorn
Seldom Damaged
   Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Black-Eyed Susan
Seldom Damaged
   Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’
Golden Japanese Sedum, Golden Makino Sedum
Seldom Damaged
   Senecio serpens
Blue Chalk Sticks
Seldom Damaged
   Teucrium chamaedrys
Wall Germander
Seldom Damaged
   Teucrium fruticans 'Azurea'
Bush Germander 'Azurea'
Seldom Damaged
   Zauschneria californica 'Bert's Bluff'
California Fuchsia
Seldom Damaged

Occasionally Damaged

   Alyogyne huegelii
Blue Hibiscus
Occasionally Damaged
   Bougainvillea 'Rosenka'
Rosenka Bougainvillea
Occasionally Damaged
   Ceanothus 'Concha'
California Lilac 'Concha'
Occasionally Damaged
   Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
Yankee Pt. California Lilac
Occasionally Damaged
   Ceanothus griseus horizontalis (Carmel Creeper California Lilac)
Carmel Creeper California Lilac
Occasionally Damaged
   Clytostoma callistegioides
Lavender Trumpet Vine
Occasionally Damaged
   Convolvulus cneorum
Bush Morning Glory
Occasionally Damaged
   Correa 'Wyn's Wonder'
Varigated Correa 'Wyn's Wonder'
Occasionally Damaged
   Correa pulchella
Pink Australian Fuschia
Occasionally Damaged
   Echeveria ‘Perle von Nuremberg’
Hens and Chicks
Occasionally Damaged
   Eriogonum grande rubescens
Red Buckwheat
Occasionally Damaged
   Hardenbergia comptoniana
Lilac Vine
Occasionally Damaged
   Hardenbergia violacea rosea
Coral Pea Vine
Occasionally Damaged
   Hemerocallis Varieties
Daylily
Occasionally Damaged
   Mimulus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower
Occasionally Damaged
   Pittosporum crassifolium 'Nana'
Karo Pittosporum
Occasionally Damaged
   Rhamnus californica
Ca. Coffee Berry
Occasionally Damaged
   Ribes sanguineum glutinosum
Pink - Flowered Current
Occasionally Damaged
   Schinus molle
California Pepper Tree
Occasionally Damaged
   Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’
Tricolor Two Row Stonecrop
Occasionally Damaged
   Wisteria sinensis
Chinese wisteria
Occasionally Damaged

Deer Candy

   Rosa 'Cecile Brunner'
Cecile Brunner Rose/Sweetheart Rose/Mignon
Deer Candy
   Rosa banksiae
Lady Banks Rose
Deer Candy

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