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 not appealing so if you have an area of your yard that you wish to protect from deer damage you may want to consider planning lantana.


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 damages more appealing plants.

According to Rutgers University this plant is Seldom Severely Damaged on their rating scale from Rarely Damaged to 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 flower blooms and do not find the texture of the leaves appealing to eat.

Will Lantana Come Back After Deer Eat Them?

Because deer will often just take a few nibbles of your lantana plant before moving on to a more appealing plant they are rarely damaged. If your plants are eaten by a few roaming deer or other wildlife, just cut back or prune any damaged branches and your plant should be just fine. 

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