Deer Resistant Plants

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  • Dracocephalum ruyschianum Northern dragonhead, Siberian dragonhead Z 4-8

    Mound of sky blue, snapdragon-like flowers, July-September over narrow rosemaryish leaves

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    Mound of sky blue, snapdragon-like flowers, July-September over narrow rosemaryish leaves.

    Size: 12- 18” x 12-18”
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: China, Siberia
    Wildlife Value: Deer resistant

    Dracocephalum means “dragonhead” in Greek. Collected before 1753.

  • Dryopteris filix-mas ‘Parsley’ Male fern Z 4-8

    Spring fiddleheads are followed by crinkled ferny leaves resembling parsley on arching stems on this small fern.

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    Spring fiddleheads are followed by crinkled ferny leaves resembling parsley on arching stems on this small fern.

    Size: 2’ x 2’
    Care: shade to part sun in moist well-drained soil, tolerates clay
    Native: Europe and North America
    Wildlife Value: provides shelter and habitat for birds and bees, Deer & rabbit Resistant

    Dryopteris filix-mas collected before 1834, Victorian cultivar.

  • Echinacea pallida Pale purple coneflower Z 4-8

    Narrow, weeping pink rays surround rusty hedgehog cone

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    Narrow, drooping, rosy-pink rays surround rusty hedgehog cone in early summer

    Size: 14" x 2'
    Care: Full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: much of continental US east of Colorado, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies, seed heads provide bird food

    Echinacea is Greek meaning “hedgehog” referring to the bristly conehead.  Indians (Cheyenne, Crow, Dakota & Sioux) used this native plant to cure numerous ailments – arthritis, rheumatism, burns, colds, boils, fever, sore mouths, throats & gums, toothaches, snakebites, headaches, stings and distemper in horses.  First collected for gardens by Englishman Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859) who searched much of North America for plants – the Atlantic to the Pacific, Canada to Florida and Hawaii.

  • Echinacea paradoxa Bush’s coneflower Z 3-9

    Sulphur yellow petals droop down below the bristly central cone

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    Sulphur yellow petals droop down as a skirt around the bristly central cone – summer

    Size: 2-4' x 14"
    Care: sun to part shade in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Ozark Mountains
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies, birds eat seed heads

    Echinacea is Greek meaning “hedgehog” referring to the bristly conehead.  Paradoxa because yellow petals on a purple coneflower is a paradox.  Collected by 1902.

  • Echinacea purpurea Purple coneflower Z 3-8

    Iconic dark pink rays with orange-rust cones from mid-summer to fall  

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    Iconic dark pink rays with orange-rust cones from mid-summer to fall

     

    Size: 3’ x 18”
    Care: sun in well-drained humusy soil
    Native: MI S. to Louisiana, incl. Wisconsin
    Wildlife Value: Attracts many butterfly species in the summer. In winter Gold finches feast on the seeds.

    American Indians used Purple coneflower as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, e.g. smoke treatment to cure headaches and sexually transmitted diseases, applied topically to toothaches and mumps and juice used for burns. The Winnebagos used the plant in advance to protect against burns. Also used to cure distemper in horses.   Introduced into garden cultivation by John Tradescant the Younger in 1640.

  • Echinops ritro Globe thistle Z 3-9

    Mid to late summer, round, steel blue flower heads, great dried flowers

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    Mid to late summer, round, steel blue flower heads at 1st prickly then turning soft and fuzzy.   Great cut flower – fresh or dried.

    Size: 3-4' x 18"
    Care: Full sun in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant & deer resistant
    Native: Southern Europe
    Wildlife Value: attracts American painted lady butterflies

    The name Echinops is Greek meaning “like a hedgehog” describing the circular spiny thistles.   Introduced to England in 1570.  By the last half of the 1800’s the Globe thistle became a popular Victorian flower. Cultivated by Washington at Mount Vernon.

  • Echium russicum Vipers bugloss Z 2-9

    Striking spikes of wine red from May to July

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    Striking spikes of watermelon, wine red from May to July – exceptional and rare.

    Size: 20" x 16"
    Care: Sun in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: Russia & eastern Europe

    Bristly hairs on stems can cause skin irritation.    Collected by Johann Gmelin, German botanist, before 1791 who spent 10 years in Russia searching for plants, nearly dying in the process.

  • Epimedium x rubrum syn. Epimedium alpinum var. rubrum Red barrenwort Z 4-8

    small, star-shaped, rosey-red flowers dance on the ends of wiry-thin stems

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    In mid-spring small, star-shaped, rosey-red flowers dance on the ends of wiry-thin stems about one foot high. Red-flushed foliage follows the flowers, the more sun, the more red on leaves.  Wonderful groundcover.  Cross between Epimedium grandiflorum and Epimedium alpinum

    Size: 16” x 24” slow spreading
    Care: Sun to shade in most any soil but best in part shade – one of most adaptable plants
    Wildlife Value: deer resistant
    Awards: Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanic Garden Great Plant Pick

    1st described in 1853 in Belgique Hort. iii. 33. I. 6.