Deer-Resistant Plants


We know that deer are plentiful in the hill country. Sometimes they venture into our yards scavenging for food and our plants and gardens become their feasting grounds.

Here is a list of 47 plants that are qualified as "Highly Resistant" and native to Central Texas. Follow each plant link to WildFlower.org's website to learn when it blooms, what soil it needs, water, etc.


Amorpha fruticosa (Indigo bush)

Andropogon gerardii (Big bluestem)

Andropogon glomeratus (Bushy bluestem)

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii (Flame acanthus)

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed)

Asclepias viridis (Green antelopehorn)

Bauhinia lunarioides (Anacacho orchid tree)

Bouteloua curtipendula (Sideoats grama)

Chrysactinia mexicana (Damianita)

Dasylirion texanum (Texas sotol)

Eryngium leavenworthii (Leavenworth's eryngo)

Hesperaloe parviflora (Red yucca)

Hilaria belangeri var. belangeri (Curly-mesquite)

Lantana urticoides (Texas lantana)

Leucophyllum frutescens (Cenizo)

Mahonia swaseyi (Texas barberry)

Mahonia trifoliolata (Agarita)

Melampodium leucanthum (Blackfoot daisy)

Mimosa borealis (Fragrant mimosa)

Monarda citriodora (Lemon beebalm)

Monarda fistulosa (Wild bergamot)

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's muhly)

Muhlenbergia reverchonii (Seep muhly)

Nolina texana (Texas sacahuista)

Oenothera speciosa (Pink evening primrose)

Panicum virgatum (Switchgrass)

Passiflora lutea (Yellow passion vine)

Phacelia congesta (Blue curls)

Pistacia mexicana (Mexican pistachio)

Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)

Ratibida columnifera (Mexican hat)

Rhus aromatica (Fragrant sumac)

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed susan)

Salvia coccinea (Scarlet sage)

Salvia engelmannii (Engelmann's sage)

Salvia farinacea (Mealy blue sage)

Salvia greggii (Autumn sage)

Salvia roemeriana (Cedar sage)

Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii (Western soapberry)

Schizachyrium scoparium (Little bluestem)

Senna roemeriana (Twoleaf senna)

Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain laurel)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Ungnadia speciosa (Mexican buckeye)

Vernonia baldwinii (Baldwin's ironweed)

Vernonia lindheimeri (Woolly ironweed)


(This list was provided by WildFlower.org)

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