Nun Orchid and Deer

by Beth
(Palm Harbor, FL)

Hello! Is the Nun Orchid deer tolerant?

Plant Guides Answer

Hi Beth,

I don't know if deer relish the Nun orchid in particular. But as they like to eat orchids in general, I would bet that they will eat this one.

How well the orchids would tolerate this depends on how much foliage the deer eat. Plants need their leaves to feed their roots. If too many leaves are eaten at one time, it will weaken the plants.

I recently visited a public garden here in Florida which featured a large drift of Phaius tankervilliae orchids. The flowers were just opening. They were gorgeous!

This is one of the easiest orchids to grow and one of the most versatile. It can be grown indoors or out.

I would be a shame not to plant it because of the deer. Perhaps you could grown it in a pot inside a screened porch where the deer couldn't get to it.

If you do decide to plant Nun's orchids in the open ground, try ringing the planting bed with a plant deer are known to avoid, like marigolds.

As a general rule, deer avoid plants with coarse, stinky foliage but when they are hungry, deer will eat almost anything.

The following links will take you to pages with more information about Nun orchids and deer resistant plants.

Nun Orchid

Deer Resistant Annuals

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