Are Snapdragons Deer Resistant?

Snapdragons are non-toxic and not poisonous to humans or animals. They are considered an edible flower, but snapdragons are not a particularly tasty edible flower since animals do not typically eat them. Deer prefer to eat other plants over snapdragons. 

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

Rarely Damaged
Seldom Severely Damaged
Occasionally Severely Damaged
Frequently Severely Damaged


Keeping Deer Away From Snapdragons

Deer rarely damage snapdragons. In the case of deer damage, physical barriers or deterrents can be used to keep deer away from plants. Deer repellent can also be used if deer are eating and damaging your snapdragons and other garden plants. 

Will Snapdragons Come Back After Deer Eat Them?

In the unlikely case that deer eat your snapdragons, your plants will likely bounce back with no problem. Prune or trim back any damage down to the newer buds or growth. Snapdragons should push out new growth and continue flowering. 

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


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 Author Katie Endicott - Published 7-05-2022