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Plants Resistant to Woodchucks

Woodchuck (Marmota monax). Image courtesy of Nebraska Game and Parks CommissionWoodchuck (Marmota monax) is known by a variety of terms, including groundhog, whistlepig even gopher. NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Photo


Plants woodchucks have eaten (as told to us by our visitors) We would love to know what woodchucks have eaten in your garden. We would also like to know the scientific names of the these plants as well.Please feel free to contact us if you have comments on these or any other plant you have noticed damage from Woodchucks or resistance to woodchucks. Webmaster

Possible Resistance to Chucks.

  • Ageratum
  • Allums (at least to May)
  • Allysum (sampled only)
  • Astilbe (2 people 1 in NY, 2009)
  • American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana L.)
  • Artemesia
  • Baptisma has been suggested. Evidence anyone?
  • Beets (Connecticut, 2009)
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia ~ the low growing variety)
  • Bleeding heart (Dicentra, spectabilis & exemia)
  • Blue Cohosh/Papoose Root (Caulophyllum Thalictroides)
  • Bluestar (Amsonia)
  • Bocapo (June 2009 NY)
  • Bronze Fennel ( Foeniculum Vulgare var. Rubrum)
  • Butterfly weed (Asclepias Tuberosa)
  • Capmint (Nepata) (two reports)
  • Chives (Allium)
  • Citronella geranium (NY June 2009)
  • Coreopsis (Scientific Name for Tickweed)
  • Coral bells (Heuchera & Hercherella)
  • Creeping Jenny/moneywort (Lysimachia Nummularia)
  • Daffodils (Narcissus, at least to May)
  • Dahlias (Hemerocallis) even though next to marigolds (3 reports)
  • Daylillies (Hemerocallis have three reports that this plant is avoided)
  • Delphiniums (1 NY, 2009)
  • Dianthus (scienfific name for Garden Pink) (3 rpts this plant is avoided)
  • Ferns
  • Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium/Chrythanthemum Parthenium)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Geraniums (2 reports of woodchuck avoidance)
  • Goldenrod
  • Gypsophilia
  • Heather (Calluna)
  • Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare)
  • Hosta (at least to May)
  • Hyacinth (at least to May)
  • Iris (at least to May)
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema Triphyllum)
  • Lamb's Ear (Stachys Byzantina)
  • Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Leadwort/Plumbago (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides)
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
  • Lenten rose (Helleborus)
  • Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria, at least to May)
  • Lobelia (blue) (NY June 2009)
  • Montbretia (Crocosmia)
  • Monkshood (Aconitum)
  • Nicotiana
  • Onions (Connecticut, 2009)
  • Oregano
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Nepta
  • Pasque flower (Pulsatilia Vulgaris)
  • Peony (Paeonia) (2 people, 1 in NY)
  • Peppers(Connecticut, 2009)
  • Pinks (Dianthus, but rabbits 'em)
  • Potatoes (Connecticut, 2009)
  • Pumpkins (Curcurbita Pepo)
  • Regal Lily
  • Rock Soapwort (Saponaria Ocymoides)
  • Roses (Spared at least to May)
  • Russian sage (Perovskia)
  • Salvia (Report of it being eaten in Williamstown, MA, 2010)
  • Sedum
  • Siberian iris
  • Snapdragon   (sampled but avoided)
  • Spanish Bells (at least to May)
  • Squash (Curcurbita Pepo, C. maxima, C. moschata)
  • Sun drops (Oenothera)
  • Sweet Allysum
  • Sweet woodruff (Galium Odoratum)
  • Thymes (Thymus Vulgaris)
  • Tickseed (Coreopsis, but only the threadleaf variety, all others are eaten)
  • Tomato plants. Known to eat the fruit but appear to do so only when desperate. They seem to avoid the leaves (Connecticut 2009)
  • Torch Lily (Kniphofia)
  • Tulips (at least to May)
  • Turtlehead (Chelone Obliqua)
  • Valarian (Centranthus)
  • Wild ginger (Asarum)
  • Windflower (Anemone) Roses
  • Yarrow


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