Unraveling the Mystery of Deer Appetites
When you see a deer frolic into your garden, the initial awe might soon give way to concern, especially if you’ve got a lush patch of Goat’s Beard, Aruncus dioicus. Named for their long, feathery blooms, Goat’s Beard adds a uniquely captivating dimension to any garden. However, whether or not these plants are on the deer’s preferred menu is a question many gardeners ask.
What Makes Goat’s Beard Special?
Goat’s Beard is a perennial known for its showy, white flower spikes and fern-like foliage. Native to North America, this plant thrives in a variety of conditions, making it a versatile option for gardeners. But does its allure extend to the local deer population?
A Glimpse into Deer Diet
Deer are creatures of habit and seasonality, altering their diet depending on the time of year and the vegetation that’s available. They are generally considered browsers, meaning they have a wide range of plants they might nibble on. This raises the question: Is Goat’s Beard on that list?
Exploring Deer Preferences
Various studies and field observations indicate that while deer are not particularly selective, they do have preferences. Goat’s Beard doesn’t seem to be a top pick, which could be due to its texture or possibly certain chemical compounds in the plant that deer find less appealing.
According to our research at Deer Solution®, Goat’s Beard is not often targeted by deer, especially when other more favorable options are available. This doesn’t mean your Goat’s Beard is completely safe, but it is less likely to be the first choice for a hungry deer.
Several factors contribute to whether deer will dine on your Goat’s Beard, including the availability of other food sources, the local deer population, and specific regional behaviors. It’s always good to keep an eye out and take preventive measures if needed.