“Don’t Call Me Pig” even though I really do eat (and kind of smell) like one.

Please resist the temptation to intentionally feed and/or bathe our hairy, smelly, near-sighted friends, as they are wild animals and should be respected as such.

Javelinas are omnivorous animals. They are browsers and feed on the roots of many plants. The plants listed below are those they USUALLY leave alone; however, there are no guarantees. If you are not in the mood to take any chances, a sturdy barrier (like hardware cloth secured with rebar) is the best solution.


  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cosmos
  • Foxglove
  • Geranium
  • Globe Amaranth
  • Larkspur
  • Marigold
  • Periwinkle/Vinca
  • Salvia
  • Snapdragon


  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Daylily
  • Gladiola
  • Iris


  • Golden Fleece (Dyssodia)
  • Ivy
  • Rosemary
  • Vinca

Shrubs, Cacti, and Succulents

  • Aloe
  • Barrel Cactus (5 gal. size or larger)
  • Caesalpinia spp. (i.e. Mexican, Red, and Yellow Bird of Paradise)
  • Cholla (Opuntia bigelovii)
  • Creosote
  • Desert Spoon (Dasylirion spp.)
  • Euphorbia spp. (i.e. Gopher Plant, Fire Sticks, Moroccan Mound, etc.)
  • Junipers
  • Lavender
  • Nandina
  • Ocotillo (5 gal. or larger)
  • Rosemary
  • Sages
  • Yuccas

This list was compiled from the collective wisdom of the Garden Wizards at Harlow Gardens and represents decades of experience regarding our desert brand of collared peccary (javelina).

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