Deer Resistant Plants

Keep in mind that these are deer RESISTANT plants. Few plants are truly deer-proof, but many are undesirable enough to deer that they will leave them alone as long as other food is available.During droughts and other food-shortage situations, deer can become hungrier and may eat plants they would normally avoid. With this in mind, here are some plants that you could try:

Trees*
Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia)
Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica)
Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)
Fig (Ficus spp.)
Flameleaf Sumac (Rhus lanceolata)
Ghinkgo (Ghinkgo biloba)
Golden Ball Lead Tree (Leucana retusa)
Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora and others)
Mexican Olive (Cordia boissieri)
Mexican palo verde (Parkinsonia aculeata)
Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
Pride of Barbados
Redbud (Cercis canadensis var. mexicana or texensis)
Roughleaf dogwood (Cornus drummondii)
Texas Buckeye (Acsculus arguta)
Texas Persimmon (Diospyrus spp.)

 *large trees require protection with cages until they grow taller than the deer

Shrubs
Abelia (Abelia spp.)
Acuba (Acuba japonica)
Agarita (Berberis trifoliolata)
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
Blackberry (Rubus spp.) (thorny only)
Boxwood (Buxus microphylla)
Barberry -Rose Glow, Cr. Pygmy (Berberis thunbergii)
Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
Bush Germander (Teucrium fruiticans)
Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.)
CoralberryCotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri)
Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ixex cornuta)
Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.)
Esperanza (Tecoma stans)
Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens)
Fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis)
Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)
Flowering Senna (Cassia corymbosa)
Goldcup (Hypericum spp.)
Japanese Arelia (Fatsia japonica)
Japanese Yew (Podocarpus macrophyllus)
Juniper (Juniperus spp.)
Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa)
Mexican silktassle (Garrya lindheimeri)
Nandina (Nandina spp.)
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium)
Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
Primrose Jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi)
Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea)
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
Split Leaf Philodendron (P. selloum)
Thryallis (Galphimia glauca)
True Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
Viburnum (Viburnum spp.)
Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera)
Wooly Butterfly Bush (Buddleia marrubiifolia)
Yaupon Holly –reg and dwarf (Ilex vomitoria)

Cacti and Succulents
Agave parryi
Aloes
Cactus (opuntia spp.) any with stout spines
Hen and chickens (Sempervivum spp.)
Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia compressa)
Red Yucca (Hesperalae parvifloria)
Soft Leaf Yucca (Yucca recurvifolia)
Sotol (Dasylirion spp.)
Yucca (Yucca spp.)

Vines
Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.)
Potato Vine (Solanum jasminoides)
Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
Texas Wisteria

Groundcovers
Aarons Beard (Hypericum calycinum)
Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum)
Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans)
Frog Fruit (Phyla incise)
Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)
Monkey grass (Ophiopogon japonica)
Pigeonberry (Rivina humilis)
Santolina (Santolina spp.)
Stonecrop (Sedum)
Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga lamium)
Thyme (Thymus spp.) Vinca (Vinca major)

Flowers, Ferns, Perennials and Herbs
Acanthus mollis
Ageratum (Ageratum spp.)
Amaryllis belladonna
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum x Johnsonii)
Anisodentea
Artemesia
Autumn Aster (Aster spp.)
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
Angel’s Trumpet (Datura spp)
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii)
Bearded Iris (Iris spp)
Begonia (Begonia spp.)
Beebalm (Monarda didyma)
Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis )
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium lecanthum)
Blanket Flower (Gailardia grandiflora)
Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)
Blue Mist (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’)
Bulbine
Butterfly Weed (Aesclepias spp)
California Poppy
Candy Lilly (Belamcanda chinensis)
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Calylophus berlandieri
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)
Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra lurida)
Catmint
Chile Pequin
Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)
Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)
Coprosma
Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemonii)
Coral Bells (Heuchera)
Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Crocosmia
Cyclamen
Daffodil (Narcissus)
Dalea
Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana)
Daylily (Hemerocallis)
DietesDusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)
Dwarf Plumbago (Ceratostigma)
Elephant Ears (Alocasia spp/Calocasia spp)
Euryops
Euphorbia
Evergreen Pavonia (Pavonia hastata)
Firebush (Hamelia patens)
Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus wrightii)
Fleabane (Erigeron)
Freesia
Four-Nerve Daisy (Hymenoxys)
Foxglove (Digitalis spp.)
Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)
Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
Gazania (Gazania rigens)
Indian Blanket (Gallardia pulchella)
Grevellia
Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falicatum)
Hummingbird Bush (Anisacanthus wrightii)
Hyssop (Agastache)
Indigo Spires (Salvia ‘Indigo Spires)
Iris (Iris spp.)
Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
Lantana (Lantana spp)
Lavender, English (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus spp.)
Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina)
Lion’s Tail (Leonotis)
Larkspurs (Delphinium consolida)
Mallow Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos)
Marguerite (Chrysanthemum frutescens)
Marigolds (Tagetes spp)
Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucanthia)
Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes spp.)
Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia)
Oregano
Palms (almost all of them)
Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)
Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima )
Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea angustifolia)
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
Rosemary (Rosemarianus officinalis)
Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
Savory (Satureia spp.)
Scaevola
Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum superbum)
Society Garlic (Tulbaghia fragrens)
Spearmint (Menta spicata)
Speedwell (Veronica spicata)
Spider Flowers (Cleome hasslerana)
Sword Fern (Nephrolepis spp.)|
Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea)
Thyme
Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea)
Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)
Verbena (Verbena spp.)
Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)
Wedelia (Wedelia trilobata)
Wood Fern (Dryopteris spp.)
Whirling Butterflies (Guara lindheimer)
Wooly Stemodia
Wormwood (Artemisia schmidtiana)
Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina)
Zexmenia (Zexmenia hispida)
Zinnia (Zinnia spp.)

Grasses
Bamboo Muhly
Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)
Blue Fescue (Glauca)
Carex
Gulf Muhley (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
Japanese Blood Grass (Imperatacylindrica Red Baron)
Japanese Silver Grass (Miscantussinensis gracillimus)
Inland Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
Lindheimer’s Muhley (Muhlenbergia lindeimeri)
Maiden Grass (Miscantus sinensis)
Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana)
Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)
Sacahuista/
Bear Grass/Nolina (Nolina spp.)