- Author: Robert M. Timm
[From the October 2013 issue of the UC IPM Retail Nursery & Garden Center News]
Is there such a thing as a deer-proof plant? Perhaps…but there are a variety of reasons deer may choose to ignore or consume specific plant species at a particular time and place.
Certain plants native to California (and elsewhere) have evolved natural defenses against being eaten by browsing mammals; some are toxic, some are distasteful, and some have thorns. However, in recent decades, we've modified California's suburban and semi-rural environments in ways that have provided deer with lots of.../span>