Deer Resistant Herbs

Many Central Texas gardeners are plagued by plant-munching deer. When it comes to herbs, there are no “deer-proof” varieties, only those that are “deer resistant.” If food is scarce, deer will eat whatever is around.

Some flowering herbs that deer might not eat:

Autumn Sage                
Bee Balm
Black & Blue Sage
Goldeneye
Medley Blue Sage
Moss Verbena 
Pink Skullcap             Texas Betony, Stachys Coccinea
Skeletonleaf
Texas Betony
White Mistflower
Wooly Stemodia
Yellow Columbine
Yellowbells (Esperanza)

Following is a list of herbs known to be avoided by deer, but no guarantees (the deer have not read the list!):

Basil
Catnip
Chives
Garlic Chives
Germander
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Mexican Mint Marigold
Oregano                        
Regla
Rosemary
Rue
Sages
Salvias
Santolina
Silver King Artemisia
Tansy
Wormwood
Yarrow                       Coahuila Mtn. Sage, Salvia regla












AHS MEETS AT:

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Spgs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746




Mission Statement

Provide education and encourage the cultivation and use of herbs for their beneficial purposes: medicinal, culinary, aromatic, as well as landscaping. Provide charitable and volunteer support to our non-profit community and community projects.

The Austin Herb Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) member- supported, nonprofit operating under the umbrella of the Austin Area Garden Council.