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What has eaten my astrantias?

I have a very nature friendly approach to gardening and will allow any living creature to enjoy my garden, particularly slugs and snails. I did my research to ensure I didn’t plant anything that would be eaten overnight. Unfortunately returning from holiday my astrantias have been stripped bare to look like dried grass, the only reason I could identify the plants was their position. Has anyone had anything similar happen to them?  Was it slugs?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Astrantias are definitely prone to slugs, so that would be the most likely.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,471
    Surprised to hear they are slug favourites.  Mine haven't been touched.  Hopefully it stays that way.
  • HazybHazyb Posts: 336
    edited July 2019
    Same here @KT53 my Astrantia are untouched. 

    My recently bought Lobelia Cardinalis has been ravaged though as were some other plants here earlier in the year so there are plenty of slugs and snails in my garden. 
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550
    I don't think slugs. Probably dried out in all the sun or rabbits? Either way if you completely soak them, by tomorrow they will pick up.  Still not too late for their second flush of flowers either
    good luck

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,631
    Are you in the country? Deer ate mine. Slugs haven't touched them. Rabbits eat the same plants, more or less, as deer.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,863
    Never had slug damage on Astrantias here.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,101
    Mine are munched by slugs - put in a pot this year but still munched! If the plant is stripped bare though - maybe something bigger? 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • We live in a town so definitely not deer or rabbits. Nothing else died in the heat, they’ve definitely been munched. 
  • 1634 Racine1634 Racine Posts: 568
    Slugs/snails for sure.  It’s not #1 on their list but if there is nothing else they will strip astrantia.  Not true that they are slug proof
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