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Vegetables & Herbs Slugs Do Not Like | Plants Resistant to Slugs & Snails

In this article, you will find lists that will help you to make slugs hate your garden.

The article focuses on slug-resistant vegetables and herbs.

Have a look here if you are interested in slug-resistant plants.

What vegetables do snails and slugs not like to eat
Most garden slugs – and humans! – prefer sweet plants.

What Makes Some Plants Slug-resistant?

Most plants have developed a natural protection against slugs.

They either produce bitter substances or poisons that prevent slugs and snails from eating them, or they have developed a smell that deters and repels them (most shrubs, trees, and grasses, for example, are slug safe).

borago officinalis hairy leaves slug resistant
Slugs do not like hairy plants.

Some plants have covered their leaves with fluffy hairs that do not taste good.

Others have equipped their hard stems with pointy thorns, which make it difficult for slugs to reach the juicy leaves.

So, most plants know how to defend themselves.

Some people have observed plants and have concluded that those that are self-seeding are especially likely to be less susceptible.

However, this still needs to be carefully monitored and confirmed. If you have any information, please leave a comment.

basil: slugs like it a lot
Basil has lost its natural protection against slugs.

Which Plants Are Vulnerable?

Through modern plant breeding, some plants have lost their defenses and have thereby become a treat not only for humans but also for slugs and snails.

You can find more information on plants that slugs like to eat here.

Also, the slug-resistance of plants depends on the season, their strength and their location.

Young and exceptionally weak plants are targeted by slugs even if the adult and healthy plants of the same species are slug-resistant.

Apparently, weak plants do not have the power to defend themselves with effective countermeasures.


Ideas to Protect Vulnerable Plants

Repellent Copper TapeSheep Wool PelletsSmall Slug Fence
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Slug do not like Swiss chard
Slugs do not like Swiss chard.

Which Vegetables Do Slugs Not Like to Eat?

Unfortunately, many vegetables are the favorite dish of slugs and some even of snails.

However, there are also many vegetables that slugs and snails are reluctant to eat.

The following list is not exhaustive, and many plant families still have some varieties and representatives that are vulnerable, even though the family itself is usually resistant.

snail eating plant leave
Slugs and snails pick and choose what to eat very carefully.

Most slugs and snails are omnivores, but at the same time, they are particular.

But beggars cannot be choosers. If the menu on offer is small, they will eat what they find, even if they do not like it very much.

That is another reason why there are hardly any plants that are entirely safe.

slugs don't like leeks
Slugs usually hate vegetables and herbs that are spicy and bitter.

Below is a list of vegetable and plant families that are hated by slugs and under normal circumstances are left in peace:

  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • beetroot (sometimes prone)
  • celery (celeriac, smallage)
  • chard
  • chicory
  • chives
  • cucumbers (young plants are endangered)
  • endive
  • fennel
  • garlic
  • lamb’s lettuce
lambs lettuce is slugproof
Lamb’s lettuce is one of a few greens that are still slug-resistant.
  • leeks
  • melons (young plants are threatened)
  • onions
  • peas (sometimes vulnerable)
  • potatoes (depending on the variety)
  • spinach
  • radicchio
  • radish (depending on place and species, young plants can be susceptible)
  • red-leafed lettuce (Lollo Rosso)
  • rhubarb (pieplant)
  • rocket
  • sugarloaf
  • tomatoes
chamomile snail resistant herb
Most herbs are spared,e.g. chamomile.

Which Herbs Do Slugs and Snails Not Like to Eat?

Selecting slug-resistant herbs is simple because almost all herbs are disliked by snails and slugs.

However, basil, young parsley, marjoram, and lemon verbena are on the menu now and then.

The following list includes herbs and medicinal plants that are almost never eaten by slugs and snails.

Some might be consumed if they are weak or if slugs and snails are left without alternatives.

comfrey-snail resistant medicinal herb
Comfrey is usually safe.

Herbs in alphabetical order:

  • allium
  • borage
  • chamomile
  • chervil
  • comfrey
  • coriander
  • curry plant
  • feverfew
  • gout weed (ground elder, masterwort)
  • groundsels (ragworts)
  • horsetail
  • hyssop
bee-hyssop herb garden
Bees like hyssop.
  • lady’s mantle
  • lavender
  • lemon balm
  • lovage (sometimes vulnerable)
  • marjoram
  • meadowsweet
  • mint (almost all varieties are safe)
  • nasturtium
  • Nigella Damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady, devil in the bush)
  • origanum (oregano)
  • parsley (young plants are vulnerable)
  • pimpinella (burnet)
  • purple loosestrife

    rosemary slugs do not like
    Rosemary is able to repel slugs.
  • rosemary
  • rue (herb-of-grace)
  • sage (depending on the variety)
  • savory
  • southernwood (lad’s love or southern wormwood)
  • St. John’s wort
  • stonecrop (Sedum reflexum, Sedum rupestre)
  • tarragon
  • thyme
valerian-flower slug resistant medicinal plant
Slugs will not eat valerian.
  • valerian
  • wild garlic (bear’s garlic, ramson)
  • winter savory
  • woodruff (Galium odoratum, sweet-scented bedstraw)
  • yarrow.
most berries are slug resistant
Also most berries are safe.

Variety Selection as Slug Control

You can make life difficult for slugs by mostly cultivating plants they do not like to eat.

Then they cannot do a lot of harm, and anger about the slimy pests can be minimized.

Trees and shrubs are not usually particularly prone to snail attacks.

For example, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, cranberries, and blackberries know ways to defend themselves against snails.

olives-branch tree black
Slugs also tend to steer clear of lemon and olive trees.

The same applies to almost all fruit and nut trees.

It is therefore beneficial to plant many shrubs and trees.

The above lists show that it is incorrect to assume that there are hardly any snail- and slug-resistant plants.

The lists are long, and the list of flowers that slugs do not eat or rarely eat is even longer.

lavender-slug protection strip
Lavender: a treat for bees but not for slugs.

Use of Slug-repellent Plant Stripes

Some of the above plants are even able to repel snails.

For example, particularly strong-smelling herbs can be planted in stripes to form a kind of protective barrier that slugs and snails are reluctant to cross:

  • tansy
  • soapwort
  • wormwood
  • begonia
  • geranium
  • rosemary
  • lavender.

These plants can be used to close off gates through which slugs enter the garden.

With the repelling effect/smell of these plants, it is also possible to distract the pests from the sweet aroma of their favorite plants, which otherwise attracts them from far away.

However, the protection is not 100% secure and it would be negligent to rely on it alone.

herbs-slugs do not like to eat
Repellent stripes should be as wide as possible.

There are also seed tapes available with a mix of blooms to create protective stripes around endangered plants.

Using the above lists, you could also put together your own mix.

Creating these anti-slug stripes in combination with other means against slugs is useful.

slug-control and plant protection
How to protect plants?

Natural Slug Control Alternatives

Unfortunately, for many slugs, most vegetables are a favorite food.

For example, the Spanish slug likes to dine on what the gardener has cultivated with great care.

If you do not want to give up these varieties, there are different options available.

Some people recommend home remedies that can be used to deter slugs and snails.

These include, for example, coffee grounds, eggshells, sheep’s wool, ash and a few more.

sheep's-wool against slugs and snails
Sheep’s wool can deter slugs and snails.

These materials should be applied as a protective ring around individual plants or beds.

But are these methods effective?

Unfortunately, usually not, especially after they become wet, as they then lose their effectiveness.

You will find more information here: mulching against snails

ground beetle-slug predator
How to attract natural predators?

In the long term, introducing as many natural enemies of slugs as possible into the garden is a great help.

These include:

  • hedgehogs
  • toads
  • lizards
  • songbirds
  • shrews
  • moles
  • harvestmen
  • and many species of beetles.

Some slugs are even specialized predators, such as the leopard slug (Limax maximus) or the Roman snail.

Here are some ideas on how to promote biodiversity in your garden.

slug collar
Protect single plants with a slug collar.

If you do not want to fight snails directly, there are several useful obstacles and barriers.

They are difficult for slugs and snails to overcome and can even make it impossible for them to find their way to the plants.

You will find more information here: Barriers for slugs

I can also recommend using copper to protect flowerpots and raised beds against slugs.



Slug Control: Further Alternatives

Some other slug control methods that might interest you are:

Slug barriers

Slug and snail deterrent paint

Electric slug fence

Slug-resistant flowers and flowering plants: perennials and annuals

DIY slug and snail control

Runner ducks against slugs and snails


Slug Control Recommendations

Copper Mesh as Slug FenceSlug Fence Set: Medium – 6m²Sheep Wool Pellets
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Last update: July 11, 2018


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