Deer Resistant Plants

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  • Papaver orientale Poppy Z 2-7

    papery tabasco petals with black blotch center

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    The classic poppy – papery tabasco petals with black blotch center in June. D.M. Ferry Catalog, 1876: ”great beauty and magnificent.”

    Size: 2-3’ x 2’
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant and deer resistant.
    Native: Caucasus

    Poppies have been grown since at least the time when Homer wrote the Illiad, in which he used the poppy’s hanging bud as a metaphor for a dying soldier. During World War I, Canadian soldier John McCrae again united the poppy with dying soldiers.  He wrote “In Flanders’ Field.”  French botanist Tournefort discovered P. orientale in Armenia in 1714 and sent it to the King of France.  In 1741 Englishman Peter Collinson sent seeds to John Bartram who cultivated the plant in his Philadelphia nursery.  Jefferson grew this oriental poppy at Monticello and Washington grew it at Mount Vernon.

  • Papaver rupifragum Spanish poppy Z 5-9

    Crinkled, crepe-paper like apricot petals all summer & fall, non-stop

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    Crinkled, crepe-paper like apricot petals all summer & fall

    Size: 12-18" x 8"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant, drought tolerant
    Native: Spain, Asia Minor & Caucasus

    Louise Beebe Wilder considered this among her favorite perennials. (1918). One of our favorites too! Gertrude Jekyll, mother of the mixed perennial border planted this for its “rich apricot color.” (1908).

  • Pennisetum orientale Oriental fountain grass Z 5-10

    Showy, white to pinkish inflorescences summer thru fall.

    $11.95/bareroot

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    Showy, white to pinkish inflorescences summer thru fall.  Richard Darke, grass guru, describes this as “One of the most striking hardy fountain grasses.  Low growing, compact and exceptionally floriferous … Blooms over an unusually long period from late June through October”

    Size: 2' x 2'
    Care: sun in well-drained soil or moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant and drought tolerant.
    Native: central & SW Asia
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden Great Plant Picks

    The plant is named for its soft inflorescences; Latin penna and seta mean feather-bristle. This species collected before 1821.

  • Penstemon ovatus Beardtongue Z 4-9

    Cornflower blue trumpets encircle spike in June, one of our favorites.

    $9.25/bareroot

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    Cornflower blue trumpets encircle spike in June, one of our favorites.

    Size: 2’ x 8”
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil
    Native: North America
    Wildlife Value: attracts Baltimore butterfly

    Penstamon is named for its five stamens, penta meaning five in Greek. Penstemons are “handsome and deserving,” Bailey. Ovatus means “shaped like an egg” with the narrower end up, referring to the foliage. This species first collected by Scottish plant hunter David Douglas (1799-1834) and introduced in 1826.

  • Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage Z 5-9

    Showy subshrub with tall spikes covered by tiny lavender blue tubes

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    Showy subshrub with tall spikes covered by tiny lavender blue tubes from July to October. One of the best shrubby plants with its graceful form, its tough constitution and long bloom.

    Size: 4' x 3'
    Care: full sun in well-drained soil, drought tolerant, deer resistant.
    Native: Afghanistan
    Awards: Great Plant Pick Award from Elizabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden and Perennial Plant Association 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    Perovskia was named for V.A. Perovski, governor of a Russian province in central Asia around 1890. Introduced to American gardens in 1904. Recommended by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908.

  • Phlomis tuberosa Jerusalem sage Z 4-8

    Bubblegum pink beak-shaped petals

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    Bubblegum pink, beak-shaped flowers encircle stem in July

    Size: 4' x 12"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: central and S.E. Europe to central Asia.
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    This was 1st collected in Siberia in 1759 – that means it’s tough & hardy.  Chicago Botanic Garden gives this 4 stars for health, robust growth, hardiness and flower production.

  • Physotegia virginiana Obedient plant Z 3-9

    Purplish red to rosy pink spikes of hooded snapdragons

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    Purplish red to rosy pink spikes of hooded snapdragons July to September

    Size: 3' x 3' and spreading
    Care: sun in moist to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant and tolerates Walnut toxins
    Native: Quebec to Manitoba, TX to GA, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Collected before 1750. Called Obedient plant because if you push a flower it will remain in place temporarily – like a child who stays in the corner until you’re not looking.

  • Polygonum virginianum syn. Persicaria virginiana Jumpseed Z 4-8

    Arresting tiny white flowers atop nearly leafless stems blooming late summer into fall; dark green foliage marked with a maroon chevron on each leaf

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    Arresting tiny white flowers atop nearly leafless stems blooming late summer into fall;
    dark green foliage marked with a maroon chevron on each leaf

    Size: 2-3’ x 3-4’
    Care: shade to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: All eastern areas from central Canada south to Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts birds, bees & butterflies, Deer resistant
    Size: Cherokee made a hot infusion of leaves with the bark of a Honey Locust to treat whooping cough.

    Linnaeus 1753.