Verbena are flowering plants that grow well in USDA zones 5 through 11. There are many varieties, and generally, they are not preferred by deer and other animals. If deer routinely eat your outdoor plants, Verbena may be a good option. Deer usually leave Verbena alone, but if they are hungry or there is nothing better available, deer may eat Verbena.
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 Verbena?
Fencing in your yard is an excellent option to keep deer away from your landscaping. If that is not feasible or possible, then you can consider using a scent-based repellent.
Will Verbena Come Back After Deer Eat Them?
Plants that sustain slight damage may return after being eaten by deer. Plants that are severely damaged are not likely to come back. If your Verbena is harmed, trim off any partially damaged growth, and take steps to protect the plant if the deer returns. Otherwise, make sure it receives plenty of light and water, and it may bounce back with time.
Sources: Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station ‘Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance’ 2018
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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 13-12-2021