DEER RESISTANT PLANTS - WHAT TO PLANT IN THE AUSTIN / CENTRAL TEXAS AREA

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Deer Resistant Plants

Because of the unpredictable nature of our deer, there are few absolutely "deer resistant" plants. The deer normally travel in small herds on familiar routes and paths. They graze on plants that appear in their path. Thus deer may eat a certain plant in the backyard, but not in the front yard of the same house. As drought and heat conditions worsen, the deer will resort to eating plants not normally eaten just to survive.

 From the following list, the plants coded as "N" are plants that are never or rarely eaten by deer, so these are the plants most likely to survive. The plants coded as "S" are sometimes eaten by the deer, depending upon the many variables of the deer grazing patterns and stress brought on by weather conditions.

The Oleander has long been a landscaping plant, never or rarely eaten by the deer, but is no longer recommended due to "oleander leaf scorch" disease, which is killing many oleanders throughout central Texas.

The following list includes many of the more popular and readily available plants that recent experience has shown to survive the deer grazing. Unfortunately, deer cannot read this list, so they may from time to time sample plants that show to be deer resistant. :)

GRASSES HERBS PERENNIALS & WILDFLOWERS TREES & SHRUBS VINES & GROUND COVERS

GRASSES

NAME: KEY - N=never or rarely eaten by deer   /   S=sometimes eaten by the deer
Bluestem, Big & Little N
Gulf Coast Muhly N
Island Sea Oats S
Lindheimer Muhly N
Mexican Feather Grass N
Pampas Grass N
Purple Fountain Grass N

HERBS

NAME: KEY - N=never or rarely eaten by deer   /   S=sometimes eaten by the deer
Aloe spp. S
Bee Balm S
Chives S
Copper Canyon Daisy S
Germander S
Lamb's Ears N
Lavender S
Lemon Balm S
Lemon Grass N
Lemon Mint S
Mexican Marigold Mint S
Mexican Oregano S
Mint spp. S
Oregano S
Russian Sage N
Santolina, Green N
Society Garlic N
Tarragon N
Thyme S

PERENNIALS & WILDFLOWERS

NAME: KEY - N=never or rarely eaten by deer   /   S=sometimes eaten by the deer
Artemesia N
Bi-color Iris S
Blanketflower N
Bluebonnet S
Butterfly Weed S
Cassia spp. S
Clasping Leaf Coneflower S
Cleome, Spiderflower S
Daffodils S
Dahlberg Daisy S
Damiantia N
Datura spp. N
Dusty Miller S
Englemann Daisy S
Flame Acanthus S
Horsemint S
Indigo Spires N
Iris spp. S
Jerusalem Sage S
Mexican Mint Marigold S
Maximilian Daisy S
Mealy Blue Sage N
Mexican Bush Sage N
Mexican Hat N
Oriental Poppy S
Ox-eye Daisy S
Paintbrush Texas/Indian S
Periwinkle N
Primrose, Pink Evening S
Salvia, Indigo Spires S
Silver Germander N
Skull Cap S
St. John's Wart S
Zexmenia S

TREES & SHRUBS

NAME: KEY - N=never or rarely eaten by deer   /   S=sometimes eaten by the deer
Abelia spp. S
Agarita N
Agave N
Boxwood N
Buddleia S
Bur Oak S
Buford Holly S
Cactus spp. S
Cedar Elm S
Cenizo (Texas Sage) S
Chinese Tallow S
Chinquapin Oak S
Conifers S
Cottonwood S
Desert Willow N
Eleagnus spp. N
Fig, common N
Fragrant Mimosa S
Juniper S
Lantana Camara S
Lantana Horrida N
Live Oak S
Mountain Laurel N
Nandina S
Nolina N
Palms N
Possumhaw Holly S
Primrose Jasmine N
Pyracantha S
Redbud S
Retama S
Rosemary N
Salvia Greggil S
Shumard Red Oak S
Sumac, evergreen & flame leaf S
Texas Ash S
Texas Persimmon S
Vitex N
Wax Myrtle S
Wright Acacia S
Yellow Bells S
Yew (Texas spp.) S

VINES & GROUND COVERS

NAME: KEY - N=never or rarely eaten by deer   /   S=sometimes eaten by the deer
Butterfly Vine S
Carolina Jasmine N
Verbena S
Vinca S

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