Ferns – Deer-resistant

Q: I am looking for ferns that are full sun tolerant and deer resistant.

A: Deer don’t much care for ferns in general. I find Southern shield fern, Thelypteris kunthii, easy to grow in full sun if I water when it’s really dry. Autumn fern, Dryopteris erythrosora, holly fern, Cyrtomium falcatum, and Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, are evergreen and drought tolerant but they need shelter from hot baking sun.

See Deer-resistant Ferns

Japanese painted fern

Japanese painted fern