Despite the notorious herbivorous nature of deer, they cannot be blamed for eating your Angelonia leaves due to their resistant quality.
Generally, Angelonia is a shortlived perennial that is tolerant to heat but becomes an annual in colder zones. However, whether annual or perennial, Angelonia is deer resistant because of leathery foliage, bloom spikes, and a 3 feet height with a long blooming season.
Yet, deer can feed on resistant plants in the absence of their loving plant.
So, continue with the article to know what to do and what not.
Is Angelonia Deer Resistant?
Angelonia angustifolia, a native of Mexico and the West Indies is famous for its snapdragon-like flowers, giving it the name ‘summer Snapdragon.’
The Angelonia bloom time extends from late spring to fall to give 8-inch long spikes with 3 to 4 inches long flowers over a single stem.
Thanks to the Angelonia flower spikes, deer loathe Angelonia, as it is difficult to chew and bite on.
Also, deer cannot keep the entire flower structure in its mouth and sometimes cannot reach it.
Meanwhile, the plant has glabrous leaves that are leathery, tough, and glossy, making it slippery to the touch.
So considering the leaf and flower feature, Angelonia flowers are deer resistant and free from deer damage.
However, deer resembles human nature during food scarcity. During winter or extreme hunger, deer feed on Angelonia without considering harm or caution.
How To Keep Deer Away From Angelonia?
Even Angelonia, resistant to deer and rabbits, can become prey in scarce food sources.
This is because of the fruity smell, similar to apples and grapes, that it releases during the bloom season.
So look at the preventive measures to keep your Angelonia and other garden plants safe from deer.
1. Grow Deer Resistant Flowers
Deer have a strong sense of smell that can even get a hunch from 500 feet distance due to their survival instinct.
Most deer-resistant flowers include Poppies, Sage, Salvias, and Bearded Iris.
2. Spray Deer Repellents
Flowers can not always be in your garden as they go dormant during fall and winter.
So using a deer repellent might work best for Angelonia to protect it during the cold days, which is the most probable time for deer to find food.
Keep homemade deterrents like garlic, cloves, mint, and blended raw eggs around your Angelonia as an alternative.
3. Fence The Garden
Fencing the garden with sturdy materials like metal wire or wood can work to keep fawns away.
However, adult bucks and doe can jump over even 7 feet high fences.
So better to keep the fencing around 8-12 feet in height, or you can even use electric fencing.
But precaution must be adopted if you have kids and pets. Also, it might be a little more expensive than the traditional ways. So choose wisely.
4. Use Noise and Light Sources
An LED motion sensor is a top-listed deterrent used to keep deer away.
The solar device has infrared sensors that trigger red light, ultrasonic sound, and sudden flash when it notices any motion.
The light and sounds make the deer uncomfortable and drive away from your garden.
Alternatively, motion-activated sprinklers can also be an option.
You can also hang a radio outdoors. But keep your neighbors peace in mind as they might not enjoy it.
From Editorial Team
Giving deer a sense of danger, using their predator scents, can work for your best. The most worthy is wolf urine.
Nevertheless, none of the garden plants is solely resistant to deer as they also need food for survival.
So Do Your Best!