Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants For Texas Landscaping

It has already been getting hot and its not even summer yet, the lack of water has pushed the deer further out in search of water and food( mainly to your back yard) There really is no such thing as deer proof plants and deer resistant really pushes the envelope. If the deer get hungry enough they will eat anything, just like you or I would if it meant life or death. Below is a list of “deer resistant” plants that might work better in your application if you have a problem with deer in your yard:

 

Deer Resistant Shrubs

  • Agarita (Berberis trifoliolata)
  • Boxleaf Euonymus (Euonymus japonica ‘Microphylla’)
  • Bush Germander (Teucrium fruiticans)
  • Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.)
  • Elaeagnus or Silverberry* (Elaeagnus pungens)
  • Esperanza (Tecoma stans)
  • Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens)
  • Firebush (Hamelia patens)
  • Goldcup (Hypericum spp.)
  • Gray Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster glaucophylla)
  • Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla japonica)
  • Japanese Yew (Podocarpus macrophyllus)
  • Nandina (Nandina domestica)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
  • Primrose Jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi)
  • Reeve’s Spirea (Spirea reevesiana)
  • Soft Leaf Yucca (Yucca recurvifolia)
  • Sotol (Dasylirion spp.)
  • Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
  • Upright Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Viburnum (Viburnum spp.)
  • Yaupon Holly (regular and dwarf) (Ilex vomitoria)
  • Yucca (spp) All yucca with a sharp, stiff point
  • Thryallis (Galphimia glauca)

Deer Resistant Ground Covers

  • Prostrate Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus)
  • Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)
  • Gray Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  • Green Santolina (Santolina virens)
  • Thyme (Thymus spp)
  • Wedelia (Wedelia trilobata)
  • Frog Fruit (Phyla incisa)
  • Pigeonberry (Rivina humilis)

Deer Resistant Perennials

  • Ageratum (Eupatorium coelestinum)
  • Amaryllis (Hippeastrum x Johnsonii)
  • Angel Trumpet (Datura spp )
  • Bouncing Bet / Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
  • Silver King Artemisia (Artemisia ludoviciana)
  • Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii )
  • Bearded Iris (Iris spp)
  • Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)
  • Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
  • Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemonii)
  • Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)
  • Elephant Ears (Alocasia spp./Colocasia spp.)
  • Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)
  • Goldmoss Sedum (Sedum acre)
  • Gray Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina hamaecyparissus)
  • Green Santolina (Santolina virens)
  • Hummingbird Bush (Anisacanthus wrightii)
  • Indigo Spires Salvia (Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’)
  • Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
  • Lantana (Lantana spp)
  • Mallow Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Marguerite (Chrysanthemum frutescens)
  • Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea )
  • Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris)
  • Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera )
  • Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida)
  • Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia)
  • Oxeye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
  • Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Spined Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp)
  • Split Leaf Philodendron (P. selloum )
  • Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea)
  • Wedelia (Wedelia trilobata)
  • Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
  • Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)
  • Evergreen Pavonia (Pavonia hastata)
  • Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum Pseudocapsicum)
  • Perilla/Shiso (Perilla frutescens ‘Atropurpurea)
  • Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  • Society Garlic (Tulbaghia fragrens)

Deer Resistant Ornamental Grasses

  • Inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
  • Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)
  • Gulf Muhley (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
  • Lindheimer’s Muhley (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri)
  • Pampas Grass(Cortaderia selloana)
  • Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)

Deer Resistant Flowers

  • Indigo Spires (Salvia spp.) – technically Indigo Spires is a perennial, but we put it under flowers too because of the blooms and usage.
  • Larkspurs (Delphinium consolida)
  • Marigolds (Tagetes spp)
  • Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea )
  • Periwinkles (Catharanthus roseus)
  • Zinnias (Zinnia spp)
  • Spider Flower (Cleome Hasslerana)