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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’

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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