Slug-Resistant Plants

red hydrangeaSlugs play an important role in the soil ecosystem by breaking down organic matter. Sadly, they like to munch on many of our favorite plants, too. Fortunately, there are plants they don't find palatable, such as hydrangea (the photo shows a red-blooming variety called Forever & Ever). Photos: Suzanne DeJohn


One way to beat slugs is to plant things they don't like. Here are some of the most slug-resistant plants. For more ideas, check with your local garden center or your Master Gardener program: State and Provincial Master Gardener Programs.

  • Ajuga (bugleweed)
  • Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle)
  • Alyssum
  • Arabis
  • Armeria (thrift)
  • Artemisia
  • Anemone (fall-blooming types)
  • Aquilegia (columbine)
  • Astilbe
  • Astrantia (masterwort)
  • Aubretia
  • Bergenia
  • Crocosmia
  • Dianthus
  • Euphorbia
  • Ferns
  • Fuchsia
  • Geranium (cranesbill)
  • Grasses (ornamental types)
  • Helleborus (hellebore)
  • Hemerocallis (daylily)
  • Heuchera (coral bells)
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Lavandula (lavender)
  • Narcissus (daffodil)
  • Paeonia (peony)
  • Pelargonium (annual geranium)
  • Penstemon
  • Phlox
  • Potentilla
  • Rosa (rose)
  • Sedum
  • Tulipa (tulip)
  • Vinca (Vinca minor, V. major)
Alchemilla Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle)
Spinell astilbeSpinell astilbe
Brookside cranesbillBrookside cranesbill
Perfect Peach Glory daylilyPerfect Peach Glory daylily

Last updated: 07/26/2023