Plants That Gophers MAY Not Eat

This is a list of plants that gophers MAY not eat. It was compiled from various sources online (see sources at end) along with a few of my own observations and comments in parentheses. Please feel invited to share in the comments any experiences you’ve had that confirm or are contrary to this list. Which plants have gophers eaten or stayed away from in your garden? Your experiences may be helpful to other gardeners!

Bees love vitex agnus-castus, and gophers don't seem to. (But I plant mine in gopher baskets anyway. Why risk it?)
Bees love Vitex agnus-castus, and gophers don’t seem to. (But I plant mine in gopher baskets anyway. Why risk it?)

You also might like the blog posts on Gopher-Protected Raised Beds and Protecting Trees and Shrubs From Gophers.

  • Amaryllis Belladonna
  • Anemones
  • Apricot (I would plant in basket)
  • Artemisia
  • Avocado (I would plant in basket)
  • Borage
  • Buddleia (mostly gophers leave it alone, but not always)
  • Callistamon (I plant in baskets)
  • Catnip
  • Ceonothus     
  • Cistus, aka Rockrose (gophers don’t seem to bother)
  • Citrus (ours failed to thrive until we planted in gopher-protected, raised beds)
  • Cleome
  • Columbine (but at least one report of gophers eating this)                      
  • Coral bells (gophers don’t bother ours)
  • Daffodils (but gophers push them to surface or move them deeper)                  
  • Elderberries (they don’t seem to bother ours)
  • Escallonia (I think ours gets gophered occasionally)
  • Euphorbia      
  • Fern
  • Fescue
  • Foxglove
  • Fuchsia
  • Grevillia
  • Japanese Maple (seems true, but I plant precious J.Maples in basket)
  • Lantana                                 
  • Lavender (gophers don’t seem to bother ours; fingers crossed!)            
  • Michelia
  • Mimulus
  • Mulberry (might be true; ours doing well)
  • Nandina
  • Oleander        
  • Palm Trees    
  • Penstemon (ours does OK, but others say gophers eat)    
  • Periwinkle
  • Plum (might be safe, but I plant all fruit trees in baskets)
  • Pomegranate (might be safe, but I plant all fruit trees in baskets)
  • Redwoods (seem safe)
  • Rhaphiolepsis
  • Ribes (seems true)
  • Rosemary (most of the time)
  • Salvias (some)
  • Strawberry tree (most but not all of the time)
  • Thyme
  • Toyon
  • Vitex (aka Arabian Lilac) possibly, but I put mine in baskets)


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Happily, gophers don’t seem to like lavender!

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