Are Lantana Deer Resistant?

Lantana is considered a deer resistant plant. Deer do not like the texture or the taste of the rough green leaves. They also find the scent of the small flower clusters unappealing. if deer are a problem in your area, consider planting lantana and using it as a buffer around more vulnerable plants.


Many landscape designers will place lantana around the perimeter of a property or near entryways for this reason. It keeps deer out of your property and away from more appealing plants.

According to Rutgers University this plant is "Seldom Severely Damaged" on their rating scale from Rarely Damaged to Frequently Severely Damaged.

Rarely Damaged
Seldom Severely Damaged
Occasionally Severely Damaged
Frequently Severely Damaged

How To Keep Deer Away From Lantana?

You do not have to take any special actions or use deer repellent to protect lantana from deer damage. They rarely will even go near the plant as they are turned off by the scent of the blooms and do not find the texture of the leaves appealing to eat.

Will Lantana Come Back After Deer Eat Them?

Deer are only likely to take a few nibbles of your lantana plant and rarely do serious damage. If your plants are eaten by a few roaming deer or other wildlife, cut back any damaged stems and your plant should be just fine. Lantana is a fast-growing plant and will quickly recover from damage.  

Sources: Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station ‘Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance’ 2018

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Author Janice Cox - Published 12-15-2021