Rabbit and Deer Resistant Plants

Plants that are deer-resistant share some traits. Aromatic foliage, like that of salvia, wormwood, boxwood and strong-scented herbs, deters browsing. Allium, chives and other members of the onion family are deer-resistant for the same reason. Toxic species or those that cause gastric distress, like hellebore, monkshood, oleander and yew, generally find less favor with the voracious animals but they also can be harmful to pets. Ornamental grasses with sharp-edged leaves, and spiny species, like prickly pear cactus, make for unpleasant eating as well. Honeysuckle's fragrant flowers may help with deer deterrence.


American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)

Apache Plume (Falugia)

Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis)

Boxleaf Euonymus (Euonymus japonica ‘Microphylla’)

Bridalwreath Spirea (Spirea reevesiana)

Bush Germander (Teucrium fruiticans)

Chamisa (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)

Elaeagnus or Silverberry* (Elaeagnus pungens)

Japanese Boxwood (Buxus microphylla japonica)

Japanese Yew (Podocarpus macrophyllus)

Juniper species (Juniperous sp)

Kinnickinick (Arctostaphylos manzanita)

Laredo Oregon-Grape (Mahonia trifoliolata)

Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

Nandina (Nandina domestica)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Pomegranate (Punica granatum)

Primrose Jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi)

Pyracantha species (Pyracantha sp)

Red Elderberry (Sambucus resinosa)

Russian Sage (Perovskia sp)

Soft Leaf Yucca (Yucca recurvifolia)

Sotol (Dasylirion spp.)

Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)

Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.)

Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum)

Upright Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum spp.)

Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

Yaupon Holly (regular and dwarf) (Ilex vomitoria)

Yucca (spp) All yucca with a sharp, stiff point


American wisteria (W. frutescens)

Carolina yellow jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)’ Major Wheeler’

Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)

Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

Ground Covers

Frog Fruit (Phyla incisa)

Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)

Gray Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus)

Green Santolina (Santolina virens)

Prostrate Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus)

Sedum (Sedum acre)

Thyme (Thymus spp)

Wedelia (Wedelia trilobata)


Ageratum (Eupatorium coelestinum)

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum x Johnsonii)

Angel Trumpet (Datura spp )

Artemisia (Artemisia ludoviciana)

Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii )

Bouncing Bet / Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

Bearded Iris (Iris spp)

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia grandiflora)

Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum)

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Catmint (Nepeta faassenii)

Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemonii)

Crainsbill (Geranium)

Daylilly (Hemerocallis ‘Purple d’Oro)

Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)

Goldcup (Hypericum spp.)

Gray Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina hamaecyparissus)

Gray Creeping Germander (Teucrium aroanium)

Green Santolina (Santolina virens)

Hummingbird Bush (Anisacanthus wrightii)

Indigo Spires Salvia (Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’)

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 Mint Marigold (Tagetes lucida)

Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia)

Oxeye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)

Pineleaf Penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius)

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)

Rock Rose (Pavonia lasiopetala)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Society Garlic (Tulbaghia fragrens)

Spined Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp)

Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea)

Wedelia (Wedelia trilobata)

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Ornamental grasses

Blue Oat Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens)

Inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)

Lindheimer’s Muhley (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri)

Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

Pampas Grass(Cortaderia selloana)

Pink Muhley (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum)


Indigo Spires (Salvia spp.)

Larkspurs (Delphinium consolida)

Marigolds (Tagetes spp)

Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea )

Periwinkles (Catharanthus roseus)

Spider Flower (Cleome Hasslerana)

Zinnias (Zinnia spp)