Whitetail Food: Forbs


White-tailed deer love forbs. In fact, forbs are the preferred whitetail food! Forbs are broad leaved flowering plants. Many consider the native forbs found growing across the landscape to be weeds, when in reality many are valuable forage plants for deer. Additionally, some forbs are legumes that build and enrich the soil.

Forbs are herbaceous flowering plants that are not graminoids (grasses, sedges and rushes). The term is frequently used in vegetation ecology, especially in relation to grasslands. Forbs represent a guild of plant species with broadly similar growth form, which in ecology is often more important than taxonomic relationship.