Do dear eat mums?

While deer have a penchant for munching on mums, it’s essential to consider plant safety when cultivating these flowers in deer-populated areas.

With their keen sense of smell and sight, deer easily spot mums from a distance, making them susceptible targets.

Fortunately, there are mum varieties that deer find less palatable. These include:
– Chrysanthemum x superbum, commonly known as Shasta daisies, boasting a potent scent that deters deer.
– Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium, utilized as an insect repellent due to its pyrethrin content, which diminishes its appeal to deer.
– Chrysanthemum coccineum, or painted daisies, offering a bitter taste that deer tend to steer clear of.
– Chrysanthemum indicum, emitting a strong odor that may make it less enticing to deer.
– Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, the common daisy variety, also emitting a robust scent that deer are less inclined to graze upon.

Are mums dear resistant?

Regrettably, mums are not considered deer-resistant. Despite their beauty, these flowers are often targeted by deer due to their attractive appearance and scent. However, there are strategies you can employ to help protect your mums from becoming a deer delicacy.

Choose Resistant Varieties

While no mum is entirely deer-proof, certain varieties are less appealing to deer. Opt for types such as Shasta daisies (Chrysanthemum x superbum), which emit a strong scent that can deter deer, or painted daisies (Chrysanthemum coccineum), known for their bitter taste that deer typically avoid.


Installing a fence around your garden or flower beds can help keep deer at bay. Make sure the fence is tall enough to deter deer from jumping over it, typically around 8 feet high. Additionally, consider using electric fencing for added protection.


There are various commercial deer repellents available that can be sprayed directly on your mums to deter deer from grazing on them. These repellents often contain ingredients that emit odors or tastes unpleasant to deer, such as garlic, capsaicin, or predator urine.

Planting Location

If possible, consider planting your mums in areas less frequented by deer, such as closer to your home or in a fenced-off portion of your yard. Deer are less likely to venture into areas with high human activity.

Companion Planting

Some plants are known to repel deer due to their strong scent or taste. Consider planting deer-resistant companion plants near your mums to help deter deer. Examples include lavender, sage, yarrow, and marigolds.

By implementing these strategies, you can help protect your mums from becoming a snack for the local deer population and enjoy their beauty in your garden for longer periods.