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.
* indicates showy, long lasting flowers
Wildlife Resistant Shrubs and Small Trees
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)
Wildlife Resistant Ground Covers
Wildlife Resistant Accent Plants
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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More 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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