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Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

Today whilst out shopping with my wife we were looking at the bedding plants and perennials in  our local B & m store she spotted a Delphinium and said wistfully how she would love to have one in the garden. She does understand from bitter experience that the poor plant would be a nice snack for the slugs if we planted it.

Subsequently I remembered seeing Aconitum "Bressingham Spire" in a garden and thinking how close it was in appearance to a Delphinium. Aconitum has a justified reputation for being very poisonous, but does the poison affect slugs and snails? Anyone grow Aconitums and do they suffer from slugs and snails?

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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,117

    I have one in a damp shady border and it survives ok without any intervention on my part. Different varieties flower at different times, so you can spread the display more than you can for Delphs. My campanulas seem unscathed too and though not quite the same they do give you the height and the blue. A large C. Lactifolia is impressive too, in its own way, or you can grow the biennial C. Pyramidalis which will give you the tall spires. I have found it easy from seed, though it it does involve a bit more work than a perennnial.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    None of mine have even been nibbled.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,348

    don't forget to always wear gloves when handling them. They're killers you know.

    Devon.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,514
    Gloves!!! I must be dead by now.

    I have a few now, from my seeds, white ones, and one that Verdun gave me, and more seeds in. I love them. Never chewed by slugs.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    Thank you to all for your info, I will cerainly purchase one and also have a look at those campanulas Buttercupdays.  Hostafan I believe it is only the roots that need to be handled with gloves, the foilage only harms you if ingested.

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