The Coral Bells is a flowering perennial that stands out due to its vibrant foliage. It grows in USDA zones 4 through 8 and prefers partial shade. Its striking good looks make it a favorite with many gardeners, but perhaps this plant's best asset is that it is not a favorite with deer. Deer and other animals typically leave Coral Bells alone. It is not unheard of for deer to eat this plant, but it is not very common.
According to Rutgers University, this plant is Seldom Severely Damaged on their rating scale from Rarely Damaged to Frequently Severely Damaged.
Keeping Deer Away From Coral Bells
Since deer typically do not eat Coral Bells, you do not generally have to take steps to protect the plant. However, if you want to safeguard your plants or if you appear to have particularly hungry deer, then a scent-based repellent is the best defense.
Will Coral Bells Come Back After Deer Eat Them?
Coral Bells will normally recover if deer eat them. As long as there is some foliage left, the plant will be able to sustain itself. If the plant is eaten during the winter, just wait to see if new growth emerges in the spring.
Sources: Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station ‘Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance’ 2018
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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 15-12-2021