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Deer-Resistant Picks - Northwest Meadowscapes

Deer-Resistant Picks

While no native plants are completely immune to occasional deer-browsing (especially during conditions such as drought), the right assemblage of plants can provide good resilience -- even in the face of heavy deer pressure (while looking good, supporting pollinators, and requiring minimal maintenance at the same time). The plants listed here, are some of our favorites for spaces with high deer traffic.
  • Showy Milkweed Seeds (Asclepias speciosa)

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    The only native host plant for monarch butterflies west of the Cascade Mountains! Showy milkweed’s thick fleshy stems and leaves make it a unique a...

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  • Douglas Meadowfoam Seeds (Limnanthes douglasii)

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    We love this plant! Native to Oregon and California, but adaptable across the maritime Northwest, this gorgeous low growing annual is an incredible...

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  • Oregon Sunshine / Wooly Sunflower Seeds (Eriophyllum lanatum)

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    A cheerful drought-hardy plant for dry sites and hot summers! Oregon sunshine, also known as wooly sunflower, is unique for being native to both si...

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  • Big Leaf Lupine Seeds (Lupinus polyphyllus)

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    Glorious and showy! Big leaf lupine is one of the tallest and most ornamental native lupine species in the west. This cheerful plant forms nice col...

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  • Western Columbine Seeds (Aquilegia formosa)

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    A classic native wildflower for shady locations! Western columbine is a wonderfully adaptable little plant that is perfectly happy in mostly shaded...

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  • Western Yarrow Seeds (Achillea millefolium)

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    The most humble, resilient and cheerful meadow wildflower. Like self heal and cinquefoil, yarrow is a defining meadow plant. Thriving in disturbed ...

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  • Roemer's Fescue Seeds (Festuca idahoensis ssp. romeri)

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    A perfect native grass for inter-planting with wildflowers! Native west of the Cascades, Roemer’s fescue was once a dominant grass in prairies and ...

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  • Self-Heal Seeds (Prunella vulgaris)

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    Edible greens, traditional medicine, and wildlife value! Self-heal, or heal-all is a classic Northwestern meadow plant -- a cheerful blue-flowering...

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  • Bicolor Lupine Seeds (Lupinus bicolor)

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    A low-growing annual for creating colorful swales. Bicolor lupine is a tiny plant, often staying less than 6-inches tall, and yet this little annua...

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  • Showy Fleabane Seeds (Erigeron speciosus)

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    A long-lived plant – excellent for dry – low fertility soils. This wildflower is extremely widespread across the western U.S., but has patchy distr...

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  • Seablush Seeds (Plectritis congesta)

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    An early spring icon! This adaptable annual with powder-puff pink blossoms naturally occurs in damp grassy meadows with common camas and western bu...

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  • Wild Blue Flax Seeds (Linum lewisii)

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    This plant is one of the overlooked gems of the West. It’s a fiber plant (like its domesticated cousin) – useful for fabric, nets, cordage, baskets...

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  • Puget Gumweed Seeds (Grindelia integrifolia)

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    The best late season bee plant in the Pacific Northwest! Native from Alaska south to Oregon, this resinous sunflower relative provides an abundance...

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  • Douglas Aster Seeds (Symphyotrichum subspicatum)

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    One of the latest blooming wildflowers in the Northwest. Rising up to 3 or 4 feet in height with purple/blue/white flowers, this hardy plant adapts...

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  • Tufted Hairgrass Seeds (Deschampsia cespitosa)

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    Caterpillar host plant for more than 40 species of butterflies! The name of this sublime native grass, perfectly sums up its appearance. From shor...

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  • Canada Goldenrod Seeds (Solidago canadensis)

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    The Classic Flower of Late Summer Meadows Few perennials are as long-lived or widely adaptable as Canada goldenrod. From damp, sunny roadside ditch...

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  • Blue Eyed Grass Seeds (Sisyrinchium idahoense)

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    A delicate, long-lived, wildflower that you can divide for years to come! Not a grass at all, this small iris relative embodies the art and mystery...

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  • Riverbank Lupine Seeds (Lupinus rivularis)

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    A great plant for tough sandy and gravel sites! In wild settings this big, bushy plant typically occurs on gravel outwashes and sandbars. This adap...

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  • Showy Tarweed Seeds (Madia elegans)

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    An extraordinarily curious and reliable late season bee plant. It might be that people don’t wake up early enough to appreciate and familiarize the...

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  • White Meadowfoam Seeds (Limnanthes alba)

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    A great bee plant for wet and poorly drained soils. Native to Oregon and northern California, white meadowfoam is sometimes commercially cultivated...

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  • Oregon Iris Seeds (Iris tenax)

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    Good for grassy meadows and partial shade. Oregon iris is sometimes called tough-leaved iris for the strong, fibrous, grass-like leaves that once m...

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  • Sea Thrift Seeds (Armeria maritima)

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    Sea thrift is a circumpolar species found along coastlines from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Northern Europe. It is best adapted to harsh coa...

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  • Nettleleaf Horsemint Seeds (Agastache urticifolia)

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    An excellent butterfly nectar plant. In Washington and British Columbia this handsome native mint occurs mostly east of the Cascades. Further south...

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  • Meadow Barley Seeds (Hordeum brachyantherum)

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    One of the most adaptable native grasses for meadow landscaping. This is one of the first grasses we recommend for people trying to incorporate nat...

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