Question About Intenz Celosia

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What about deer? I’m concerned for both my Celosia Intenz and my Hibiscus.
Thank you in advance for your prompt consideration in this matter.


Nancy Coffey

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Nancy-Unfortunately no plant is deer proof. When hungry, deer will eat almost anything to survive. When favorite foods are scarce such as times of drought, plants that are normally avoided may be damaged. Deer resistant doesn't mean deer proof. If a plant is considered deer resistant it only means a plant has a characteristic that deer would prefer not eating if no other foods are available. Plants with characteristics such as thick tough leaves, leaves with a pungent smell, fuzzy textured leaves, and thorns are are normally not browsed by deer if other foods are available. There are many lists of deer resistant plants you can find but unfortunately many are quite contradictory. This may be due to factors such as deer population and food availability in different locations. Most deer resistant plant lists available note the celosia as being seldom severely damaged by deer. Extension services will normally list plants under 4 categories (Rarely Damaged, Seldom Severely Damaged, Occasionally Severely Damaged, and Frequently Severely Damaged). It appears from what I have found that the tropical hibiscus I'm assuming you are planting would be considered a plant this is Occasionally Severely Damaged. Native or mallow species of hibiscus would most likely be considered ones that would seldom be severely damaged. You can contact your local Cooperative Extension Service. They most likely have a list of annuals and shrubs that have been proven to be deer resistant. You might also check with your local quality nursery or garden center for information as to these plants resistance to deer. Many times I have found deer resistant plant list are made by gardeners that will have more of less problems with deer in their location than you may have. Again deer populations and food availability will be a determining factor. I noted a few links below that may be of help to you also. Just click on the links to go directly to the article and a previous question and answer regarding deer resistant plants.

Hopefully this has helped. Please ask if you have any other questions.


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