Deer Resistant Water Wise Plants


Deer Resistant Water Wise Plants - Sprinkler Timers that use the weather

Deer are one of the landscapes biggest threats.  A great way to deter these hungry unwelcome guests is actually also great for conserving water. The characteristics of low water use plants also make them less desirable for animal consumption. Deer prefer highly fertilized and over irrigated plants as they are higher in water content and softer.  Some characteristics that deter deer include: thorns, prickly leaves, sharp leaves/ blades, odorous, sappy or milky, and hairy leaves. There are plants that deer prefer above other plants but when food is scarce they will eat almost anything. Be aware that choosing these plants may not mean you will never have a deer damaged landscape again but it will decrease the chances. Ways to deter deer include: applying repellents on a regular basis, restricting access with many different fencing methods, and yard dogs. Some of the plants listed can be poisonous to people, pets, and livestock when consumed in adequate doses. The plants marked below with an * are especially deer resistant and are the least likely to be damaged.

Ornamental Onions (Allium varieties)
Artemisia* (Artemisia x ‘Powis Castle’)
Bee Balm* (Monarda didyma)
Blanket Flower* (Gaillardia x grandiflora)
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Cactus (Cactaceae varieties)
Catmint* (Nepeta varieties)
Mum (Chrysanthemum varieties)
Columbine (Aquilegia species ‘Powis Castle’)
Coral Bells (Heuchera varieties)
Coreopsis (Coreopsis varieties)
Dianthus* (Dianthus gratianopolitanus)
False Indigo* (Baptisia species)
Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)
Apache Sunset Hyssop ( Agastache rupestris)
Goldenrod Varieties*
Helianthus spp. Sunflower
Lamb's Ear* (Stachys byzantina)
Lavender (Lavandula varieties)
Lenten Rose* (Helleborus orientalis)
Lupine* (Lupinus spp.) 
Prickly Pear * (Opuntia species)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Red Hot Poker* (Kniphofia varieties)
Rosemary* (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Russian Sage* (Perovskia varieties)
Salvia * (Salvia varieties)
Santolina* (Santolina varieties)
Yarrow* (Achillea varieties)
Yucca* varieties
Prickly Poppy (Argemone munita)

TreesPurple Smoke Tree
Bald Cypress* (Taxodium distichum
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Cypress (Cupressus spp.)
Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodora)
Eastern Redcedar* (Juniperus virginiana)
Ginkgo* (Ginkgo biloba)
Hawthorn* (Crataegus species)
Honey Locust* (Gleditsia triacanthos)
Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata)
Juniperus * (Juniper varieties)
Mimosa (Albizia spp.)
Pinus * Pine varieties
Smoke tree* (Cotinus coggygria)

Coral HoneysuckleGroundcovers
Bugleweed (Ajuga varieties)
Juniper* (Juniperus varieties)
Periwinkle (Vinca varieties)
Wooly Thyme* (Thymus pseudolanuginosus)
Low Grow/Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

Apache PlumeShrubs
American Beautyberry* (Callicarpa americana)
Barberry* (Berberis varieties)
Blue Mist Shrub* (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
Butterfly Bush* (Buddleia davidii
Cotoneaster Varieties
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Mahonia* (Mahonia varieties)
Mock orange (Philadelphus varieties)
Pyracantha (Pyracantha spp.)
Scotch broom* (Cytisus scoparius)
Sleeping Hibsicus* (Malvaviscus drummondii)
Apache Plume (Fallugia Paradoxa)