Snail Resistant Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Yucaipa, CA
Question by mikenev
April 2, 2002
What plants and shrubs are snail resistant. Everything I plant ( except for carpet roses, so far are eaten by snails.)

Answer from NGA
April 2, 2002


Slugs and snails love most plants, but the following seem to be less attractive to the pests:
Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches)
Achillea filipendulina (Yarrow)
Agapanthus hybrids and cultivars (African lily)
Alchemilla mollis (Lady's mantle)
Anemone hupehensis and A. x hybrida
Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)
Aquilegia species (Columbine)
Armeria species (Thrift)
Aster amellus, A.x frikartiiand A.novae-angliae (Michaelmas daisy)
Astilbe x arendsii
Astrantia major (Masterwort): In my garden slugs love to eat this one!
Bergenia (Elephant ears)
Centaurea dealbata and C. montana (Corn flower)
Corydalis lutea
Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon)
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding heart)
Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove)
Eryngium species (Sea Holly)
Euphorbia species (Spurge)
Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel)
Fuchsia cultivars
Gaillardia aristata (Blanket flower)
Geranium species (Crane's bill)
Geum chiloense (Avens)
Hemerocallis cultivars (Day lily)
Liatris spicata (Gay feather)
Lysimachia punctata (Loosestrife)
Myosotis species (Forget-me-not)
Nepeta x faassenii (Cat mint)
Papaver nudicaule and P. orientale (Poppy)
Pelargonium ("Geranium")
Phlox paniculata
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient plant)
Polemonium foliosissimum (Jacob's ladder)
Polygonum species (Knotweed)
Potentilla hybrids and cultivars (Cinquefoil)
Pulmonaria species (Lungwort)
Rudbeckia fulgida (Cone flower)
Salvia x superba (Sage)
Saxifraga x urbium (London Pride)
Scabiosa caucasica (Scabious)
Sedum spectabile (Ice plant)
Sempervivum species (House leek)
Sisyrinchium species (Pigroot)
Solidago species (Golden rod)
Stachys macrantha (Lamb's ears / Big betony)
Tanacetum coccineum
Thalictrum aquilegiifloium (Columbine Meadow rue)
Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort)
Tropaeolum species (Nasturtium)
Verbascum species (Mullein)
Ornamental grasses and sedges

You may have different results in your garden.... but I hope you're successful in outwitting the pests. You might also try to remove hiding places for the critters (old plant debris, stones, wood, etc.) so they're as comfortable living in your garden. Best of luck!

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