Plants that slugs and snails don’t like to eat

Dryopteris filix-mas

Dryopteris filix-mas

Slug-resistant plants

Slugs and snails can cause a lot of damage to garden plants, especially to new growth and new soft shoots. To minimize slug damage, why not grow plants that slugs don’t like to eat.

They dislike plants with thick, leathery or aromatic leaves. Bergenia, commonly known as Elephant’s ears is an example of a plant that slugs will leave alone.

For other plants that slugs find unpalatable, see list below.

Astrantia major Milano
Astrantia major ‘Milano’

17 plants that slugs don’t like to eat

Keep in mind that they also dislike Hydrangeas, Ornamental grasses, Roses and herbs such as Mint, Rosemary and Thyme.

Hydrangea Endless Summer
Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’

We also have compiled a list of plants that are notoriously susceptible to slugs

Plants that slugs love

  • Delphinium (Delphinium)
  • Dahlia (Dahlia)
  • Hosta (Plantain Lily )
  • Iris (Iris)
  • Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet pea)
  • Lupinus (Lupin)
  • Nicotiana (Tobacco plant)
  • Phlomis (Phlomis)
  • Polygonatum (common Solomon’s Seal)

jonge scheuten Hosta, young shoots Hosta
Young shoots of Plantain Lily