Annuals Rarely Damaged by Deer

If a deer's life is threatened, there are no annual flowers that are completely deer
proof. By understanding which plants are most attractive to deer, you can prioritize your control efforts and protect those areas that are at the highest risk of damage.

When we are assessing vulnerability, consider plants that are known to be particularly palatable to deer. These are typically plants with soft foliage, tender shoots, or highly aromatic characteristics.

Looking through this chart of annuals rarely damaged by deer, you will be pleased to see there are many genus and species of annuals with a large variety of colors, sizes, and foliage types, for you to choose from. Many of these plants are toxic, have rough or bitter foliage, or a strong odor that repels deer. With this list of deer resistant annuals combined with the chart of deer resistant perennials, you can have a beautiful deer resistant landscape.





Adonis annua

Pheasant's Eye

Toxic with bitter tasting leaves


Ageratum houstonianum
Ageratum Annual MD,NC,NJ

Allamanda cathartica
Allamanda Toxic all parts TX

Antirrhinum majus
Snapdragon Annual MD,NJ

Argemone mexicana
Yellow Prickly Poppy Toxic with prickly foliage TX

Argemone sanguinea
Rose Prickly Poppy Prickly foliage TX

Argemone texana

White Prickly Poppy

Toxic with prickly foliage


Baileya multiradiata
Desert Marigold Coarse foliage TX

Calendula species
Pot Marigold Annual NJ

Catharanthus rosea
Annual Vinca Annual NJ

Centaurea cineraria
Dusty Miller Annual NJ

Centaurea melitensis
Tocalote Thistle Prickly, Musk ordor TX

Cleome serrulata
Bee Plant Toxic leaves TX,NC,NJ

Consolida ambigua
Larkspur Annual NJ

Cordalis aurea
Scrambled Eggs Toxic, bitter taste TX

Datura quercifolia
Datura All parts toxic TX,NJ

Descuraninia pinnata
Tansy Mustard Annual TX

Digitalis purpurea

Dyssodia pentachaeta
Parralena Bitter Taste TX

Dyssodia setifolia radiata
Tiny Tim Strong odor, bitter taste TX

Eschscholtzia californica
California Poppy Toxic all parts TX

Euphorbia bicolor
Snow-On-The-Prarie Annual TX

Euphorbia marginata
Snow-On-The-Mountain Causes pain in gut TX,NJ

Gaillardia pulchella
Indian Blanket Rarely eaten TX

Gomphrena globosa
Globe Amarantha May nip but not eat TX

Helenium amarum
Bitterweed Bitter taste TX

Helianthus annuus
Common Sunflower Coarse foliage TX,GA

Strawflower Dry flowers NJ

Heliopium species
Cherry Pie Plant Toxic all parts TX,NJ
Heliotropium convolvulaceum Fragrant Heliotrope Toxic leaves TX

Helleborus niger
Christmas Rose Toxic all parts TX,GA

Iscoma wrightii
Jimmyweed Bitter taste TX

Linum sulcatum
Prairie Flax Toxic all parts TX

Lobelia siphilitica
Blue Cardinal Flower Toxic all parts TX,GA
Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum Fragrant NJ

Lupinus texensis
Texas Bluebonnet Toxic all parts TX

Machaeranthera phyllocephala

Camphor Daisy

Aromatic camphor odor

Machaeranthera tanaceifolia Tahoka Daisy Sticky Foliage TX

Matricaria species
False Camomile Aromatic NJ

Myosotis sylvatica
Forget-Me-Not Annual NJ

Nicotiana alata
Nicotiana Toxic leaves TX,MD,NJ

Palafoxia hookeriana
Palafoxia Sticky leaves TX

Papaver oriental
Oriental Poppy Toxic all parts TX,NJ

Papaver rhoeas
Corn Poppy Toxic all parts TX,NJ

Papaver somniferum
Opium Poppy Toxic all parts TX,NJ

Pectis angustifolia

Lemon Pectis

Aromatic lemon odor


Perilla frutescens

Perilla Mint

Aromatic odor,Toxic


Physalis species
Ground Cherry Toxic all parts TX

Pimpinalla anisum
Anise Annual NJ

Pluchea purpurascens
Marsh Fleabane Aromatic, Coarse foliage TX

Polaniana uniglandulosa
Clammyweed Sticky TX

Prionopsis ciliata
Saw-Leaf Daisy Toxic, Coarse foliage TX

Ricinus communis
Castor Bean Toxic all parts TX

Rudbeckia fulgida
Goldstrum Rudbeckia Coarse foliage TX,CO

Rudbeckia hirta
Black-eyed Susan Rarely eaten TX,CO

Senecio ampuliaaceus
TX Squaw Weed Toxic TX

Senecio leucostachys
Dusty Miller Toxic all parts TX

Symphytum species
Comfrey Toxic all parts TX

Tagetes species
Marigold Annual MD,NC

Thelesperma filifolium

Black-eyed Susan



Verbesina enceliodies

Cow-Pen Daisy

Strong odor when touched


Vinca rosea

Madagascar Periwinkle



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