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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