The Q&A Archives: Flowers That Slugs Don't Eat

Question: We have a walkway leading up to our house that we always put petunias on each side of. However, during the past 2 years, the petunias have been depleted by slugs. I have tried every kind of chemical product on the slugs, beer traps, and hunting them down at night with a flashlight. None of these has stopped them from ruining the flowers summer after summer. Are there any flowers I could plant (in the ground, not pots) that the slugs will leave alone?

Thank you very much,

Answer: Slugs generally shy away from thick or hairy leaves. the following list of plants are not generally attractive to slugs:
Ageratum, Alyssum, Begonia, Cosmos,Geranium,Lobelia, Nasturtium, Nemesia, Portulaca, Painted daisy (Pyrethrum), Verbena, Zinnia, Aquilegia (Columbine), Arabis, Armeria, Astilbe, Aubrietia, Campanula, Dianthus (Pinks, Carnations),
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Geum, Gypsolphila (Baby's Breath), Helleborus, Hemcrocallis (Day Lily), Iberis (Candytuft), Lupine, Peonies, Rudbeckia, Sedum, and Thyme.

Always remember - slugs love new foliage growth, so there may be times when they will bother some plants, and other times when they will move onto more desirable ones.

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