Baptisia and deer?

ginny12January 31, 2010

Someone told me that baptisia is one of the (very few) plants that deer don't eat. I've heard that about so many plants that I know from experience that they do eat. So, does anyone have any first-hand experience with this, one way or another? Thanks.

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corunum z6 CT(6)

Hi Ginny,

My never eaten by anything baptisia australis was maybe 5 years old when directly next to it, from seed, I planted lovely Charter's Pink double hollyhocks. Waited the 2 years it takes for them to bloom, and one August morning from my kitchen I spied 3 five foot tall stalks all in bloom. Have to get a picture - alas, no good batteries. Next morning with new batteries in camera, I charge out the back door and without looking ahead of me, I arrived at the garden to find 12" high bare stalks of hollyhock. Hollyhocks are deer canapes; baptisia? never one bite. I'd plant the baptisia.


    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 2:42PM
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carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

Baptisia should have no deer problems.


    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 2:51PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

Deer ate the baptisia once. I think it was Carolina Moonlight, the first year it set flower buds. I was not happy.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 3:24PM
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sedum37(Z5 MA)

I've had Baptisia australis (just the common one, no specific cultivar) for many years in my deer infested area of town and never had any deer damage. Note it doesn't like to be moved as it has a long tap root.

Other plants deer have never bothered: heaths and heathers if you have the conditions for them. Also my heucheras haven't been bothered either (although these I've only had for 4 years).


    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 3:35PM
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Good news so far about baptisia. And I'm sorry about your hollyhocks, Jane. That's a painful experience after waiting so long to see them bloom.

Had to look up Carolina Moonlight, Madgallica. That's a new one for me. It seems to be a hybrid of two baptisia species, neither one of them australis, so maybe that's why the deer liked it.

Hoping for further input from people in deer habitat, like me.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 6:28PM
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cloud_9(z5 CT)

Mine were never touched in my heavily deer infested garden.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 6:36PM
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