Q. Iguana resistant plants

The Iguanas are devouring my outdoor plants. What plants keep Iguanas out of the garden?


We do not have iguanas in New York, but I understand that they can be a big problem in gardens in semi-tropical and tropical areas such as Florida. As we are not experts on this problem, you might want to contact local experts such as the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service. They have several guides on the subject. Your county cooperative extension for Palm Beach County is 

The Clayton E. Hutcheson 
Agricultural Services Center
559 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach
Florida 33415
Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents by providing scientifically based agricultural and natural resource knowledge that citizens use in making decisions which contribute to an improved quality of life. 

We were able to find some information on this topic. It is recommended that you try plants with thick leaves and stems. Strong-smelling herbs, such as rosemary and sage, are also good choices.  Some other recommendations are:

  • agaves and cacti
  • begonias
  • bromeliads - flowers may be eaten but not the leaves
  • bush alamanda (Alamanda schottii)
  • crown-of-thorns (Euophorbia milii)
  • Dracaena
  • glory flower (Eccremocarpus scaber) and glory bower (Chlerodendrum trichotomum)
  • Heliconia
  • jade plant (Crassula ovarta)
  • Lantanas (L. camaris)
  • Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
  • oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • pentas or Egyptian star (P. lanceolata)
  • tropical gingers such as Alpinia purpurata or A. zerumbet

Note: See this discussion of iguana control by dogs.

- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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