Is Ice Plant Deer Resistant?

Ice plants are not a favorite of deer, rabbits, and other foraging animals, making them a good choice for areas with large animal populations. This perennial grows in zones 4 through 8 and features long-lasting flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. Ice plants may die back in areas with cold winters, so there is less opportunity for foraging animals to eat the plants, and other, more desirable options are available when ice plants are growing. 

These plants are evergreen in mild climates, so animals may nibble on the plants during the winter when food sources are more scarce. Delosperma, or ice plants, are a great way to add dependable color year after year since hungry animals typically leave them alone.

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Keeping Deer Away From Ice Plants

Keeping deer and other animals away from ice plants is not usually necessary since foragers do not favor them. Fences and scent-based deterrents can keep animals away. Plant Delosperma in hanging baskets to get them up and out of reach of animals to protect against damage.  

Will Ice Plants Come Back After Deer Eat Them?

Ice plants can recover after being eaten by deer or other animals. Remove dead or damaged growth and apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer to encourage new growth. Ensure the plant receives full sun and water when the top few inches of soil are dry. Providing excellent care will help ice plants bounce back from animal damage.

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

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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 06-05-2023