24 Deer-Resistant Flowers [By Color]

When the allure of deer visiting your garden turns into frustration as they feast on your cherished plants, it's time to think about deer-resistant solutions.

A simple and effective way to achieve this is through planting deer-resistant flowers.

These unique blooms serve a dual purpose; they provide your garden with a stunning color display and keep wandering deer at bay.

We've put together a comprehensive guide featuring 24 deer-resistant flowers, organized into six color categories.

These floral choices will help ensure your garden remains a feast for the eyes, rather than a feast for the local deer.


1. Coreopsis

Coreopsis, commonly known as tickseed, is a small delicate yellow flower often found growing in bright clumps.

Yellow Coreopsis flower

Many varieties are perennials and fairly easy to care for once they get established.

This little flower is hardy in all zones above 4 and thrives in warm weather, to the extent that it has been designated as the official state flower of Florida.

2. Marigolds

Marigolds, Tagetes, are a family of bright gold-colored flowers perfect for your flower garden and deterring deer.

Yellow orange Marigold flower (Tagetes spp.) blossoming together

Some people also believe marigolds have various health benefits. From time to time, these flowers are also used to make natural food colorings.

If you are looking for a variety best for deterring pests, try Mexican Marigold or Tagetes erecta. This variety keeps pests, from whiteflies to deer, at bay.

Read more: Do Deer Eat Marigolds? [And How To Prevent That]

3. Black-eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans, or Rudbeckia hirta, are sunny yellow flowers. Their name comes from the large black or dark brown "eye" in the center that makes this plant pop.

Black-eyed Susans blooming at a garden

This vibrant flower exhibits a broad spectrum of colors, ranging from the captivating red-orange hues of the Cherokee Sunset variety to the daisy-like charm of other types like Goldsturm.

Regardless of the variety, these flowers have the remarkable ability to repel not just deer but also other nuisances, such as mosquitoes.

Read more: How Tall Do Black Eyed Susans Get?

4. Snapdragon

Snapdragons, Antirrhinum majus, exhibit remarkable versatility and derive their name from the distinct shape of their flowers.

Yellow Snapdragons

While often found in yellow, these fun flowers come in a dizzying array of colors, from bright pink to bicolor. With so many choices, you are sure to find a color that suits your flower garden.

5. Daffodils

Daffodils, which come from the Narcissus family, are very distinctive bell-shaped flowers.

Spring flowers yellow daffodils. beautiful yellow flowers. blooming flower - What Do You Do With Dead Daffodils In The Garden

While most often found in yellow, you can occasionally find them in hues of white. Their bitter taste makes them both deer and rabbit resistant. However, these plants can also be toxic to pets, so keep them out of reach.

Read more: How To Divide And Store Daffodil Bulbs [For Planting Next Season]?


1. Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisy, or Leucanthemum × superbumis a hybrid flower that combines the look of a daisy with deer resistance.

Shasta Daisy in the garden

These hardy little flowers have white petals with a bright yellow middle. They are a must-have for perennial flower gardens because of their pest resistance and their lovely pop as a cut flower.

2. Yarrow

Achillea millefolium, Yarrow, are fun little white flowers that often grow like weeds.

Yarrow, scientific name Achillea millefolium, wild flowers, close-up, seen in Latourette Park, Staten Island, NY, USA

These little pops of white not only deter deer but also attract pollinators like butterflies. Yarrow is also an herb and potentially has medical benefits.

Some tribes of Native Americans even used this flower to cure stomach ailments.

3. Snow On The Mountain

Snow on the mountain's (Euphorbia marginata) foliage is what really makes this plant stand out.

Snow on the mountain Euphorbia marginata

Not only are the flowers themselves white, but the foliage is white with a green streak running down the middle of the leaves in most varieties.

This bi-colored pattern makes this plant an outstanding statement piece for any flower garden. To top it off, it is poisonous to animals, so the deer will stay far away from it.

4. Snowdrops

Common snowdrops, or Galanthus nivalisare petite white flowers that, in many areas, are a signal that spring is coming.


You can often see small bunches of them peeking through the snow. Deer do not like their powerful scent and often do not mess with these little flowers.

Some say their bulbs also irritate the skin so be sure to wear gloves when planting them.

5. Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima, sweet alyssum, is a prolific white flower that is often very easy to grow.

Sweet alyssum Snow Cloth - Latin name - Lobularia maritima Snow Cloth or Alyssum maritimum Snow Cloth

Do research on how sweet alyssum does in your specific area. In some states, like California, this flower is considered an invasive plant. 

Likewise, if you are going to plant this, consider putting it in a pot or a contained area.

6. Lily Of The Valley

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) comes from the same family as asparagus. However, unlike asparagus, they are not edible.

Close up of Lily of the valley

All parts of the lily of the valley, from root to flower, are poisonous to most animals and humans. Including, of course, deer.

Despite popular belief though, it is safe to touch and smell these flowers. 


1. Hyacinths

True hyacinths (Hyacinthus) and grape hyacinths (Muscari) are often mixed up. While they are not technically the same, they have similar appearances and needs.

grape hyacinth flowers as nice spring background

Similarly, both of these beloved flowers serve as an exceptional addition to gardens, offering more than just their aesthetic appeal.

In addition to their captivating beauty, they also emit a delightful fragrance that effectively deters deer.

2. Bachelors Buttons

Centaurea cyanus is also called bachelors buttons or cornflower. They grow wild in cornfields, which is where their common name comes from.

Bachelors Buttons or Centaurea cyanus

These flowers are so radiant and colorful that they are often used in floral arrangements, including for weddings. It also comes in a variety of colors, including white and pink, but they are very popular in blue or purple. 

3. Iris

Irises are a popular flower that often gets a bad rap for being hard to take care of. However, despite popular belief, these bright flowers can be fairly easy to care for.

Bright purple petals of an Iris flower

There are around 300 species of irises, so the first step in growing them successfully is picking a variety that is well-suited to your area. Bearded irises are the most popular and a good place to start.

4. Aster

Most varieties of asters (Symphyotrichumare native to America, making them exceptionally hardy.

Aster or Symphyotrichum

If you like daisies but wish they had more color, asters range from purple to orange and everything in between.

Common varieties include New England, Aromatic, and Chinese aster. Wild or "wild type" asters are another great option but are challenging to manage.

5. Lavender

Lavandula, better known as lavender, is a fantastic and practical garden flower. Lavenders' strong smell makes them very deer resistant!

Lavender in full bloom with its beautiful purple color loved by bees and other insects

Their strong scent is also great for making fragrant oils and other practical items. This diverse little flower is also a great addition to live or dry flower arrangements.

With such a range of possibilities, lavender is a must-have for your deer-resistant garden.

6. Bee Balm

Bee balm, or Monarda, is actually related to mint, so it has a strong smell which deer and other pests hate.

Bee balm flower blooming at the garden

However, as the name suggests, pollinators really love it, so it is great for attracting pollinators to your flower garden.

Like mint, bee balm has various practical applications, such as brewing tea and seasoning dishes.

7. Lilac

Syringa vulgaris, commonly known as lilac, is, as its name suggests, a beautiful purple color.

Purple Lilac flower with blurred green leaves

Variety determines a lot with lilac as far as how deep the color is and the flower's structure. Lilac often grows in a perennial bush, so make sure you decide on a suitable spot for it, as it may not suit every flower garden.


1. Bleeding Heart

Bleeding heart, also known as Lamprocapnos spectabilis or Asian bleeding heart, got its name for a reason—it indeed resembles a heart!

Pretty pink bleeding heart flowers string out on a branch

These charming perennials thrive in damp, almost swamp-like environments and prefer partial shade.

Although they can tolerate full sun, their unique needs might make it a bit challenging to find the perfect spot for them in your regular flower garden.

2. Peony

Peonies (Paeonia) are believed to represent prosperity, good fortune, and compassion.

Pink Peony

They enjoy moist, well-draining soil, so they are great for containers. Peonies also need a fair bit of extra care, like deadheading, so having them in a pot where you can keep an eye on them is ideal.

3. Zinnia

Zinnias (Zinnia elegans) are absolutely fantastic additions to flower gardens in warm regions.

Pink Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) 'purple prince' in flower during the summer months

These low-maintenance flowers are a joy to grow, requiring minimal effort once they are sown.

Although young plants require some watering during their establishment phase, they generally thrive with only occasional supplemental watering.

Zinnias are impressively resilient, standing strong against both pests and heat.


1. Poppy

Poppies (Papaver) are the state flower of California for good reason. In the right conditions, they spread like wildfire. Plus, they have an enchanting and simple beauty to them.

Golden sunset light bursting through the clouds onto a beautiful poppy field

In addition to being great in your garden beds and deer-resistant, short varieties of poppies do well in containers. California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are especially wonderful. 

2. Nasturtium

Nasturtiums, or Tropaeolum, is actually a genus of plants that contains around 50 varieties.

Nasturtiums or Tropaeolum

These bright blooms enjoy having plenty of sunlight but are fine with partial shade. A big perk of nasturtium is that they are easygoing and do not mind poor soils.


1. Bluebell

You can tell a lot about Bluebells (Hyacinthoides) from their name; they are blue with bell-shaped flowers.

Wild Virginia Bluebells

These gorgeous blooms are so hardy that they grow wild in Texas and in a few other states. The Texas bluebells are so beautiful and iconic that they inspired the name of the infamous Bluebell Creameries.

If you are looking for a pop of blue that the deer will not mess with, bluebells are a great flower for you!

Creating a Deer-Resistant Garden

By incorporating these deer-resistant flowers into your garden, you can create a beautiful and vibrant sanctuary that remains safe from deer damage.

Choose your favorite varieties, and let your garden flourish with colors that won't become deer food.

For more solutions on deer problems, check out these other helpful articles:

How To Stop Deer From Eating My Flowers? [5 Proven Tactics]

Are Sunflowers Deer Resistant? [And How To Protect Your Plants]

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