Friday, November 4, 2011

Plants that Peacocks Pass


Every two months here in peacock graced (or infested depending on your opinion ) Arcadia I get inquiries about what plants they will not eat. First off, peacocks will dig up newly planted small container plants just to get at the grubs and insects that the newly transplanted plant's injured roots attract; second peacocks like the new foliage of plants they may not necessarily feed on once the foliage has matures. The best thing to do with flowers is to establish them in area that has been surrounded by bird netting. If you can't do that then try using a motion detecting scarecrow to do the job; but be careful, I once almost gave a UPS delivery man a heart attack when my motion detecting scarecrow went off without warning and scared the daylights out of him.
Here is a list that has been compiled over time here at the Arboretum of plants that are resistant to peacocks.
Agapanthus
Azalea
Baby’s Breath
Bee Balm
Bird of Paradise
Blazing Star Liatris
Bougainvillea
Butterfly Plant
Cactus
Camellia
Cannas
Clivia
Columbine
Coneflower
Ferns
Fuchsia
Gaillardia
Gardenia
Geranium
Giant Columbine
Gladiola
Gloriosa Daisy
Hen & Chicken
Hibiscus
Hardy Lavender
Hostas
Iceland Poppies
Iris
Ivy
Lantana
Lavender
Marigold
Mint
Mum
Oleander
Painted Daisy
Periwinkle
Peonies
Phlox
Pink Lady
Plumbago
Poinsettia
Pyracantha
Rhododendron
Rose
Shasta Daisy
Snap Dragon
Sunburst Coreopsis
Weigela

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