Honesty compels me to state that all wildlife resistant plants are just that — resistant. And there are many hungry animals. This list is to help you in your plant selection, but plants alone are not the entire solution.  Further posts discussing this topic:  Wildlife Resistant Plants for the Southwest (March 09, 2021)

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Botanists keep changing plant names (yep – guilty as charged).  I will try to update, but sometimes I can’t keep up.

Things change.  Blackfoot daisy are now off this list – I put a strike through there. They lasted for about six months in my yard yet  books list them animal resistant.

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Mice can do a great deal of damage to your garden. And snakes will come into your garden looking for fat mice to eat.

Plant List

* indicates showy, long lasting flowers

Wildlife Resistant Shrubs and Small Trees

to come

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Snapdragon vine has delicate flowers in shades of pink and purple.

Wildlife Resistant Vines

Arizona grape ivy (Cissus incisa)

Post including this native low-water vine – here

Baja passionflower vine * (Passiflora foetidia v. longipedunculata)

Post about growing native passion vine here

lilac vine (Hardenbergia violacea)
milkweed vine (Sacrostemma cynanchioides)

Post including this butterfly attracting native low-water vine – here

pink trumpet vine (Podranea ricasoliana)
snapdragon vine * (Maurandya antirrhimiflora)

Post including this native flowerin vine – here

trumpet honeysuckle * (Lonicera sempervirens)
yuca vine * (Merremia aurea)

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Wildlife Resistant Ground Covers

to come

Wildlife Resistant Accent Plants

to come

Wildlife Resistant Perennials

Blackfoot daisy * (Melampodium leucanthemum)
desert marigold * (Baileya multiradiata)
desert zinnia * (Zinnia acerosa)
goldeneye daisy * (Viguiera deltoidea)
gopher plant * (Euphorbia rigida)
golden dyssodia * (Dyssodia acerosa, D. tenuisecta)
iris * (Iris ssp.)
lavender * (Lavendula ssp. — most species)

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soule-southwest-gardenMore about gardening with wildlife in this book: Month by Month Gardening for Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico (Cool Springs Press).  This link is to Amazon and if you buy the book there the Horticulture Therapy non-profit Tierra del Sol Institute will get a few pennies – at no extra cost to you.

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