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Slug Resistant Hostas: Take Your Pick!

Abiqua Drinking Gourd
The thick, leathery leaves of Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’ turn slugs and snails totally off!

I’ve had a few requests to publish a list of hostas that are slug- and snail-resistant. The problem is that there are literally hundreds of them! I simply put together a list of the more popular varieties. The next time you go to a garden center, why not bring the list with you? It will make your hosta-shopping so much easier!

Note that all cultivars listed are hardy to zone 3 .

  1. Hosta ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd’
  2. Hosta ‘All that Jazz’
  3. Hosta ‘Aspen Gold’
  4. Hosta ‘August Moon’

    august moon
    Hosta ‘August Moon’
  5. Hosta ‘Aurora Borealis’
  6. Hosta ‘Big Daddy’
  7. Hosta ‘Big Foot’
  8. Hosta ‘Big Mama’
  9. Hosta ‘Black Hills’
  10. Hosta ‘Blue Angel’
  11. Hosta ‘Blue Arrow’
  12. Hosta ‘Blue Danube’
  13. Hosta ‘Blue Diamond’
  14. Hosta ‘Blue Dimples’
  15. Hosta ‘Blue Ice’
  16. Hosta ‘Blue Ivory’
  17. Hosta ‘Blue Mammoth’
  18. Hosta ‘Blue Moon’
  19. Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

    Blue Mouse Ears
    Leaf size is not a factor: ‘Blue Mouse Ears’, a very small hosta, is very slug resistance.
  20. Hosta ‘Blue Shadow’
  21. Hosta ‘Blue Umbrellas’
  22. Hosta ‘Blue Wedgwood’
  23. Hosta ‘Bold Ruffles’
  24. Hosta ‘Bright Glow’
  25. Hosta ‘Bright Lights’
  26. Hosta ‘Brother Ronald’
  27. Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’
  28. Hosta ‘Bunchoko’
  29. Hosta ‘Canadian Shield’
  30. Hosta ‘Camelot’
  31. Hosta ‘Capitan Kirk’
  32. Hosta ‘Coast to Coast’
  33. Hosta ‘Curly Fries’
  34. Hosta ‘Devon Green’
  35. Hosta ‘Dick Ward’
  36. Hosta Dorset Blue’
  37. Hosta ‘Dream Queen’
  38. Hosta ‘Fragrant Bouquet’

    Fragrant Bouquet
    Hosta ‘Fragrant Bouquet’
  39. Hosta ‘Frances Williams’
  40. Hosta ‘Garden Treasure’
  41. Hosta ‘Golden Needles’
  42. Hosta ‘Golden Teacup’
  43. Hosta ‘Gold Edger’
  44. Hosta ‘Grand Master’
  45. Hosta ‘Gray Cole’
  46. Hosta ‘Great Arrival’
  47. Hosta ‘Great Expectations’

    Hosta ‘Great Expectations’
    Hosta ‘Great Expectations’
  48. Hosta ‘Green Fountains’
  49. Hosta ‘Hadspen Blue’
  50. Hosta ‘Halcyon’
  51. Hosta ‘Hudson Bay’
  52. Hosta ‘Indigo’
  53. Hosta ‘Inniswood’
  54. Hosta ‘Invincible’
  55. Hosta ‘Jack of Diamonds’
  56. Hosta ‘Janet’
  57. Hosta ‘June’
  58. Hosta ‘Just So’
  59. Hosta ‘King Tut’
  60. Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’

    Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’
    Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’
  61. Hosta ‘Leather Sheen’
  62. Hosta ‘Lothar the Great’
  63. Hosta ‘Love Pat’
  64. Hosta ‘Lucy Vitols’
  65. Hosta ‘Maruba Iwa’
  66. Hosta ‘Metallic Sheen’
  67. Hosta ‘Midas Touch’
  68. Hosta ‘Midwest Magic’
  69. Hosta ‘Mildred Seaver’
  70. Hosta ‘Millies Memoirs’
  71. Hosta ‘Moonlight Sonata’
  72. Hosta ‘Northern Exposure’

    Hosta ‘Northern Exposure’
  73. Hosta ‘One Man’s Treasure’
  74. Hosta ‘Osprey’
  75. Hosta ‘Pineapple Poll’
  76. Hosta ‘Pizzazz’
  77. Hosta ‘Rainforest Sunrise’
  78. Hosta ‘Reflections’
  79. Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’
  80. Hosta ‘Reversed’
  81. Hosta ‘Rising Sun’
  82. Hosta ‘Sagae’

    Hosta ‘Sagae’
    Hosta ‘Sagae’
  83. Hosta ‘Sea Dream’
  84. Hosta ‘Sea Hero’
  85. Hosta ‘Sea Lotus Leaf’
  86. Hosta ‘Sea Sapphire’
  87. Hosta ‘September Sun’
  88. Hosta sieboldiana’
  89. Hosta sieboldiana elegans
  90. Hosta ‘Silver Bowl’
  91. Hosta ‘Sleeping Beauty’
  92. Hosta ‘Snow Cap’
  93. Hosta ‘Sparkler’
  94. Hosta ‘Spilt Milk’

    Hosta ‘Spilt Milk’
  95. Hosta ‘Stepping Out’
  96. Hosta ‘Sultana’
  97. Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
  98. Hosta tokudama
  99. Hosta tokudama ‘Aureonebulosa’
  100. Hosta tokudama ‘Flavocircinalis’
  101. Hosta ‘Victory’
  102. Hosta ‘Zounds’

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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