Are Bacopa Deer Resistant?

Bacopa is a trailing ornamental ground cover plant that does well in many garden conditions. The plant is known to be deer resistant, so you need not worry about deer eating your bacopa. Deer prefer lush greens and high protein crops like peas, soybeans, turnips, alfalfa and corn. They will also chomp on fruit, nuts and seeds as well as the bark of trees like maples, aspens and dogwoods.

However, extreme conditions can sometimes lead deer to eat things they would not normally nibble on. If you do find that deer are drawn to your bacopa, your best bet is to deter deer from your garden or create barriers that will keep the deer out of your bacopa. Bacopa is also rabbit resistant.


Keeping Deer Away From Bacopa

Bacopa is known for being deer resistant. However, extreme conditions that lead to a shortage of a deer’s preferred foods may cause them to nibble on your bacopa to supplement their diet. If you find that deer are attracted to your bacopa, there are several things you can do. First, deer are sensitive to smells, and strong scents can deter them from your garden.

Try marigolds, tansy, garlic, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary and lavender. Deer also dislike strange textures in their food, and prefer not to eat things that are prickly, fuzzy or thorny. Try installing a barrier of cactuses around your bacopa to prevent deer from accessing them. You can also install a fence to prevent access.

Deer prefer not to walk through sharp ornamental grasses or thorny brush, so you can plant these around your bacopa for protection as well. Finally, you can hang your bacopa above a deer’s reach in order to keep them from damaging your plant.


Will Bacopa Come Back After Deer Eat Them?

By and large, deer should not eat your bacopa. However, if you do have plant damage from a deer, there are things you can do to help it grow back healthy. First, prune the plant down to remove any damaged flowers or leaves. You should also continue your water and fertilization schedule. Depending on the time of year, your bacopa may flower again before the end of the season. You can also take cuttings and propagate your bacopa inside over the winter.


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Author Chris Link - Published 12-16-2022