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Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants  for the Lago Vista Texas Area

There are probably many more plants that can be listed but these are the ones that have proved most resistant.

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* denotes Texas native

Anise hyssop- Agastache rupetris
Autumn sage- Salvia gregii* (eaten in Highland Lakes area, okay in the Island area)
Antelope horns-Asclepias asperula*
Black & Blue sage- Salvia guaranitica
Bush sunflower- Simsia calva*
Butterfly milkweed- Asclepias tuberosa*
Cedar sage- Salvia roemeriana*
Lindheimer senna- Senna lindheimeriana*
Copper canyon daisy- Tagetes lucida*
Damianita- Chrysanthemum mexicana
Texas aster- Symphyotrichum drummondii (some question on this one)
Frostweed- Verbesina virginia*
Green milkweed- Asclepias virdii
Indigo Spires-Salvia longispica x farinacea
Jerusalem sage- Phlomis fruticosa*
Maximillian sunflower- Helianthus maximilianii*
Mexican bush sage- Salvia leucantha
Mexican hat - Ratibida columnifera*
Mountain sage- Salvia regla*
Pink skullcap- Scutellaria suffrutescens* somewhat
Prairie verbena- Verbena bipinnatifida*
Scented geranium, citronella- Pelargonium citrosum
Texas betony- Stachys coccinea*
Zexmenia- Wedelia hispida*

Turf Grass & Groundcover
Buffalo grass- Buchloe dactyliodes*
FrogfruitPhyla nodiflora*
Straggler daisy- Calyptocarpus vialis*
Wooly stemodia- Stemodia tomentosa*

Bamboo muhly- Muhlenbergia dumosa
Bear grass, Nolina - Nolina texana*
Gulf muhly - Muhlenbergia capillaries*
Little bluestem- Schizachryium scoparium*
Lindheimer (Big) muhly- Muhlenbergia lindheimeri*
Mexican feathergrass- Stipa tenuissima*
Ruby grass- Melinis nerviglumis
Seep muhly- Muhlenbergia reverchonii*
Sideoats grama- Bouteloua curtipendula*

Rosemary- Rosmarinus officinalis
Santolina - Santolina chamaecyparissus or S.virens
Oregano - Origanum vulgare x

Small Shrubs
Agarita- Berberis trifoliolata*
Beach vitex- Vitex rotundifolia (invasive in coastal areas)
Flame acanthus- Anisacanthus wrightii* (has been eaten in The Island & Highland Lake area)
Mexican oregano- Poliomintha longifolia*
Japanese boxwood- Buxus microphylla (excellant for camoflage gardening)

Pygmy (crimson) barberry- Berberis thunbergii(munched on when in pot located in shade)
Texas lantana- Lantana camara*

Large Shrubs
Flameleaf sumac- Rhus lanceolata*
Pride of Barbados- Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Texas mountain laurel- Sophora secundiflora*
Texas sage, Cenizo- Leucophyllum frutescens*
Vitex, Chaste tree- Vitex agnus-castus

Ashe juniper- Juniperus ashei*
Desert willow- Chilopsis linearis*
Escarpment live oak- Quercus fusiformis(protect when young) 
Texas mountain laurel- Sophora secundiflora*

Cacti & Succulents
Century plant - Agave leuchugilla*, A.parryi(occasionally tried by deer, protect from rubbing)
Prickly pear- Opuntia spp.*
Yuccas* (red yucca blooms will be eaten, twist-leaf may be munched on)