Are Torenia Deer Resistant?

Torenia is a compact plant grown for its flowers and is fortunately deer resistant. This plant grows as a perennial in USDA zones 10 through 11, but in most areas, Torenia is grown as an annual. Deer and other animals do not favor Torenia, or Wishbone Flower as it’s also known. This plant thrives during the summer and will die back when the weather turns cold, so animals tend to leave Torenia alone because they have abundant and more preferable food sources when this plant is available.


Keeping Deer Away From Torenia

Steps to protect Torenia from deer and other foraging animals are generally unnecessary since animals tend to leave this plant alone. If desperate, animals may eat the plant and cause considerable damage. The plant can be protected by netting or a small enclosure. Another option is to grow Torenia in a pot and place the pot in an inaccessible or inhospitable area, like in a hanging basket or on a patio, deck, or high-traffic area. 

Will Torenia Come Back After Deer Eat Them?

Wishbone Flowers will typically come back if deer or other animals eat them. Trim the plant to remove any damaged growth. Proper care and time are generally the best ways to nurse a damaged plant back to health. Routinely apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer to encourage new growth and take measures to protect the plant from hungry animals to prevent additional damage.

Sources: "Spring back into the garden with Georgia Gold Medal plants." University of Georgia.

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 Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 29-06-2022