Fragaria And Snails - Knowledgebase Question

Oceanside, CA
Question by kenrashid11
February 24, 2003
Considering Fragaria for ground cover. How attracted are snails to this plant? Our potential for snails is very large. Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
February 24, 2003

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Groundcovers are notorius for harboring snails and slugs because they like to live and feed in cool, moist places. A groundcover such as Fragaria will provide both cover and tasty berries for snacking. I'm afraid Fragaria will be more of a draw to slugs and snails than a non-fruiting groundcover. You might consider a substitute, such as cotoneaster or heather. Neither are very tasty to snails because the foliage is tough and spiky (from a snail's point of view!).

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