En Español

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Monday - June 22, 2009

From: Moberly, MO
Region: Midwest
Topic: Deer Resistant
Title: Need a deer resistant plant that will grow in clay soil in Missouri.
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

I need a plant or bush that is deer resistant and that will grow in clay soil. Can you help me?

ANSWER:

Clay soils can cause some problems because they are poorly drained and usually alkaline, but there are ways to ammend the soil. As to deer resistance; if deer in Missouri ane anything like deer in Texas, they'll eat anything when they are hungry. However, here are a couple of websites with lists of plants that seem to be less palatible to deer; Lady Bird Johnson WIldflower Center  and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

But first let's find some plants. Go to the Recommended Species page and select Missouri on the map. You will get a list of 157 commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Missouri. On the right  side of the page, you can narrow your search by selecting the parameters for the kinds of plants you want. Select Missouri under State, determine if you want a herb, sub-shrub, or shrub under General Appearance, select perennial under Lifespan, select the amount of light in your location, select Moist for Soil Moisture since you have clay soil, and select the Bloom Time and Bloom Color if you have preferences. You can probably ignore those for now. I selected Missouri, shrub, perennial, Part. shade, and Moist. When I pressed the "Narrow your search" button, the list was reduced to 14. When you click on the name of each plant, you will pull up its NPIN page with photos, and information about the growth characteristics. You can generate several different lists by changing your selections under each category.

You can then go to our Suppliers Directory  which help you business that sell the plants that you selected.

A source of help closer to home is the Randolph County office of University of Missouri Extension.

 

More Deer Resistant Questions

Plants that are deer resistant for high desert climate in Utah
January 23, 2008 - We are building in a high desert climate in Dammeron Valley, Utah. We want plants that are both deer resistant and require little watering. Can you advise which plants (shrubs, flowers, cacti) that ...
view the full question and answer

Is Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) deer resistant
May 13, 2008 - I visited a building in Austin, Texas today that had Star Jasmine out front. The man I was visiting said it is also called Confederate Jasmine. It smelled divine! I am wondering if it is deer resis...
view the full question and answer

Food for deer and turkey in Oklahoma
September 10, 2009 - We recently moved to NE Oklahoma from Texas and have 7 acres, a lot of wild turkeys and wild deer. About 2-3 acres are open, with sun and partial to lots of shade as the rest is heavily wooded. What ...
view the full question and answer

Deer resistance of maple leaf viburnum in Austin
November 20, 2009 - Looking on the Texas Plant Information Database for Maple Leaf Viburnum, I donít find any information about deer (whitetail or axis, southern edge of Edwards Plateau) resistance. Other sites give mixe...
view the full question and answer

Deer-resistant shrubs for Michigan
January 28, 2009 - I live in deer country. I'm looking for shrubs that are attractive to birds but not to deer. Our soil is sandy. I have a part sun, part-shade situation. I live in zone 6, two miles east of Lake Michi...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center