Deer generally avoid eating zinnias because the leaves and stems are hairy, which can cause irritation to their mouths. Additionally, zinnias contain small amounts of toxins that deter deer from consuming them. The combination of these two factors makes zinnias unappealing to deer and they will typically avoid eating them if other food sources are available.
Why deer shouldn't eat zinnias
Deer are often attracted to zinnias because of their bright colors and sweet smell. However, deer shouldn't eat zinnias for several reasons:
- Zinnias contain saponins, which can be toxic to deer if consumed in large quantities. Saponins are a type of compound that is known to have negative effects on the liver and kidneys.
- In addition, zinnias also contain compounds that can irritate the digestive system and cause diarrhea in deer.
- Finally, consuming too many zinnias can lead to malnutrition in deer since they are not a natural part of their diet. This can result in health problems such as weakness, weight loss, and even death.
How to prevent deer from trying to eat zinnias
To prevent deer from trying to eat zinnias, there are a few things you can do:
- Fence in your garden. This is the most effective way to keep deer out. If you don't want to build a fence, try stringing up some strong wire or netting around the perimeter of your garden. Just make sure it's high enough that the deer can't jump over it.
- Plant zinnias that have been treated with an animal repellent. You'll need to reapply this every few weeks, but it will help keep the deer away from your plants.
- Grow zinnias in pots or hanging baskets instead of planting them directly in the ground. This makes them more difficult for deer to reach and also keeps their roots better protected from damage if the deer should happen to get into your garden area.
- You can also make your own repellent by mixing together equal parts water and vinegar or water and ammonia. Add a few drops of dish soap to help the mixture stick to the leaves, and reapply after it rains.
What animals eat zinnias
The zinnia is a flowering plant that belongs to the daisy family. It is native to Mexico and South America, but it has been introduced to other parts of the world, including North America and Europe. The zinnia is a popular garden plant because of its brightly colored flowers. Some species of animals like to eat zinnias, while others avoid them.
Some butterflies feed on nectar from zinnias (as well as many other types of flowers). Hummingbirds also enjoy drinking nectar from these blossoms. However, some birds like to eat zinnia seeds.
Do deer eat zinnias summary
Deer do not eat zinnias because they are not palatable to them. The leaves and stems of the plant contain levels of saponins, which give it a bitter taste that deer avoid. Additionally, zinnias are not a common food source for deer in North America, so they are unlikely to seek out the plant as a food source.