- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
after our 22+yrs of living here i laugh at any plant described as "deer proof", even if the older deer don't like them and won't hit them very heavy that doesn't account for the younger ones who don't know any better... a few dozen youngsters taking test nibbles of a plant and it's pretty much gone.Deer have different tastes according to what neighborhood they terrorize. They accustom themselves to what's available.
I told everybody for years that deer won't touch potato tops,
because they never ate any in my unfenced garden. Then there was the year they mowed them all down and I had to change my thinking.
I read somewhere that deer can even adapt to mildly toxic browse, and eventually it doesn't affect them. I can't remember where I read it so can't vouch for it's validity, but it seems to go along with what I've observed.
Last year in the deer infested neighborhood I work in they ate peony foliage and rhodies, along with a few other things that were traditional "untouchables".