Daffodils & Other Deer Resistant Spring-Blooming Bulbs
Daffodils, also known by the Latin genus Narcissus, are named after the vain youth of Greek mythology who broke Echo’s heart and succumbed to his own reflection in a pool of water. Well, Daffodils have the right to be a little vain, as they are a superb group of beautiful flowers. There are many groups of daffodils that categorize them by size, flower shape, and flower count.
To the average gardener, the most important things to remember about Daffodils are:
- They are deer proof (above ground) and gopher and mole/vole proof (underground)
Different cultivars bloom at different times in spring
The different bloom times of Daffodils and other deer-resistant spring-blooming bulbs help you to extend the show of flowers in spring. Plant early spring blooming, mid-spring blooming, and late spring blooming varieties. When shopping online, use the Bloom Time filters to help find the right bulbs.
Daffodils grow well in sun and part sun and are not fussy about their soil, as long as it has good drainage and modest fertility. They are an excellent choice for planting into the dappled shade under tall shade trees in amongst other shade-loving perennials.
Other Deer Resistant Spring-Blooming Bulbs
There are also other equally beautiful spring-blooming bulbs that resist browsing by deer. These flowers have compounds or fragrances in them that are unpalatable - or sometimes toxic - to deer and critters.
- Allium (also called Ornamental Onions)
- Crown Imperial (Fritillaria)
- Hyacinth (toxic to critters)
- Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides)
- Snake's Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
- Starflower (Ipheon)
- Snowdrops (Galanthus)
- Siberian Squill (Scillia)
- Wildflower Tulips (Tulipa)
- Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) are generally deer resistant, but not always
- Crocus (Crocus) are generally deer resistant, but not always
Looking for even more deer resistant plants to fill your garden? Explore our Deer Resistant Perennial Plants.
Favorite Deer-Resistant Flower Combinations
Narcissus ‚Tete-a-Tete‚ (Daffodil) is a perky little heirloom daffodil that has fragrant buttercup-yellow petals and yellow-orange cups. With 2 to 3 flowers per stem, &sb...Learn MoreTete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil Narcissus Tete-a-Tete$17.99 Sale $13.49Sale Price I Save 25%Per Bag of 25Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete' (Daffodil) is a perky little heirloom daffodil that has fragrant buttercup-yellow petals and yellow-orange cups. With 2 to 3 flowers per stem, 'Tete-a-Tete' is a prolific bloomer that forms large colonies.
Allium azureum (Ornamental Onion) flowers are the gardener‚s holy grail, and this Siberian native provides them in abundance. This bulb is easily grown and decorates the garden...Learn MoreTrue Blue Allium True Blue Ornamental Onion Allium azureum$10.99 Sale $8.24Sale Price I Save 25%Per Bag of 20Allium azureum (Ornamental Onion) flowers are the gardener's holy grail, and this Siberian native provides them in abundance. This bulb is easily grown and decorates the garden with plenty of 1 1/2" round flax-blue flowers.
Tulipa humilis ‚Little Beauty‚ (Wildflower Tulip) has rich, reddish-pink petals and a bright blue-eyed center. A wonderful hybrid companion to ‚Little Princess&sbqu...Learn MoreLittle Beauty Wildflower Tulip Little Beauty Wildflower Tulip Tulipa humilis Little Beauty$9.99 Sale $7.49Sale Price I Save 25%Per Bag of 15
Tulipa humilis 'Little Beauty' (Wildflower Tulip) has rich, reddish-pink petals and a bright blue-eyed center. A wonderful hybrid companion to 'Little Princess', this vigorous variety is a delight in the garden. Fragrant. Looks wonderful planted in large groups.
Fritillaria meleagris (Snake‚s Head Fritillary) is a woodland bulb that grows as a multicolored mix of pure white and white-checkered reddish-purple nodding bells....Learn MoreSnake's Head Fritillary Snake's Head Fritillary Fritillaria meleagris$11.99 Sale $8.99Sale Price I Save 25%Per Bag of 15Fritillaria meleagris (Snake's Head Fritillary) is a woodland bulb that grows as a multicolored mix of pure white and white-checkered reddish-purple nodding bells.