Ferns – Deer-Resistant

Q: We have a very large staghorn fern in Jacksonville that we’ll be taking to an area where there are deer. Do deer eat this fern?

A: I can’t be 100% positive about staghorn ferns but most ferns are deer resistant. I suppose they might nibble on tender growth in the spring but I have seen plenty of fern glades in deer-inhabited woodlands with no apparent deer damage.

Deer-Resistant Ferns