PLANTS THAT CAN WITHSTAND SNAILS BECAUSE THEY DON’T EAT THEM

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PLANTS THAT CAN WITHSTAND SNAILS BECAUSE THEY DON’T EAT THEM

Both snails and slugs especially like herbaceous perennials with nice juicy leaves, like most hostas (heart lily, funkia). They also eat young leaves, young shoots, seedlings and soft fruits of all kinds of plant species. They can easily process these with their rasp tongue (radula). They grate elongated holes in the leaves; usually slime trails are also visible.

Snails generally dislike leathery, hard and thick leaves and the leaves of strongly fragrant and bitter-tasting plants, such as many kitchen herbs. They also leave plants with poisonous leaves or sap (finghamwort, spurge, monkshood, etc.) alone.

PERENNIALS THAT SNAILS STAY AWAY FROM

agastache licorice plant Alchemilla lady’s mantle
Achillea yarrow Aconitum monkshood
anemone especially autumn anemones Aquilegia columbine
aruncus goat beard astilbe featherspirea
Astrantia Zeeland button Bergenia cobbler plant
Chelone turtle flower Dianthus grass carnation
digitalis foxglove Erysimum perennial wallflower
Euphorbia spurge fuchsia bubble plant
Geranium cranesbill/perennial garden geranium Helenium sun herb
hellebore Christmas rose / winter rose / hellebore Heuchera purple bells
lavender liriope muscaric lily grass
nepeta catnip Paeonia peony
penstemon snake head persicaria knapweed
Physostegia hinge flower Rodgersia rear admiral
Saxifraga saxifrage Sedum stonecrop/key of heaven
Solidago goldenrod Stachys andoorn
Thalictrum diamond Veronica speedwell
Vinca periwinkle

HOSTAS WITH SOMEWHAT HARDER LEAVES, WHICH SNAILS USUALLY LEAVE ALONE

  • The large, yellow-leaved Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
  • ‘One Man’s Treasure’, dark green with red petioles
  • ‘Praying Hands’, dark green, folded, crinkled leaves with a yellow margin
  • Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ and ‘ Frances Williams ‘ (both blue-green foliage)
  • ‘ Devon Green ‘ and ‘ Halcyon ‘ (both green-leaved)

SNAILS ALSO DON’T LIKE:

  • Ornamental grasses
  • ferns
  • Begonia , Crocosmia , Lilium (bulbs)
  • Tropaeolum majus (nasturtium)
  • roses

KITCHEN HERBS THAT SNAILS ABSOLUTELY DO NOT LIKE:

Allium sativum garlic Allium schoenoprasum chives
Allium scorodoprasum snake look Allium tuberosum Chinese chives
Artemisia wormwood foeniculum fennel
Helichrysum italicum curry spice Hyssopus officinalis hyssop
Mentha coin Rosmarinus rosemary
Salvia officinalis sage Thymus thyme

Also read “ Prevent, counter and combat snails ” and also take a look at “ Snail facts ” and under ” Snails in my garden, what can I do? ”

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