At any given time, you may come across snakes in your garden. These snakes may be of various sizes and species depending on your region.
They can also be possessive and defensive with harmful venom that can be deadly to humans.
There are a few ways to protect yourself and your garden from snakes and prevent them from wandering into your space. One such way is by lining your garden with specific plants that will repel snakes.
Here are 9 plants that repel snakes:
1. Lemon Grass
Lemongrass.h is a drought-resistant and aromatic plant that has been successful in repelling snakes. The scent is wonderfully pleasing to humans but snakes detest it.
Citronella is also a bi-product of lemongrass that acts as a repellent for mosquitoes, snakes, and even ticks. It is easy to maintain and remains aesthetically pleasing in all seasons.
The garlic plant is very handy for repelling snakes. The plant gives off a smell that snakes often get confused by. It is said that garlic plants are the best plants to repel snakes.
Mainly because of the oily residue that garlic emits when a snake slithers over a clove. This oil has a similar effect to pepper spray as it burns and is very disorienting. As a bonus, garlic is very flavorful and is useful in boosting the immune system.
3. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
The appearance of this plant is very frightening to snakes. The pointy tips will scare them off if they dare get close.
In a larger sense, the mother-in-law’s tongue rejuvenates oxygen at a much higher rate than most plants. Furthermore, this plant only needs water about 3 times per week. This makes it low maintenance as well as easy to have around.
The primary reason for this plant’s repellent reputation is the strong odor it emits from its roots. The roots grow aggressively and deeply, which give off a strong odor that causes many garden bugs to stay away.
What’s more, the bright flowers are pleasing to the eyes, especially in large amounts. Marigolds can provide a hiding place for mice and other snake prey; however, the root’s strong odor keeps these critters from making your garden their home.
Snakes mainly rely on their sense of smell to lead them. As a result, they will avoid areas with off-putting odors. Therefore, onion may be used to repel snakes as they are deterred by the scent of sulfuric acid that is generated from the onion plant and fruit.
In humans, this oil evokes tears. Meanwhile, in snakes, it keeps them at a safe distance, which is perfect.
6. Indian Snake Root
The Indian snakeroot is known widely as devil pepper. It is useful for repelling snakes and is used in traditional medicine in India. Both the bush and the roots are useful for keeping snakes at bay.
Not only is this wispy plant a snake blocker, but it also serves as a treatment for snake bites. It is either eaten or rubbed on the skin to stop the pain and venom.
7. Wormwood or Mugwort
This plant has essential oils that can serve as insecticide and snake repellent. Wormwood can easily grow to heights of 3 feet tall and spread exceedingly quickly. Snakes will stay away from wormwood because of its scent and the oils that it produces.
Mugwort is very low maintenance and will spread rather quickly. This wild plant is popular for traditional medicine in Japan, China, and other Asian regions.
8. Tulbaghia Violacea
This plant will last for a long time and will withstand the summer heat. It is highly low maintenance and can grow without water in times of drought. Tulbaghia Violacea is a snake repellent and a headache reliever.
If eaten it will alleviate sinusitis and headaches. Its fine leaves can be irritating to snakes and cause them to go the other way when it is in sight. If that’s not enough, the oils from the blossom are also irritating to the snake’s eyes.
9. Yellow Alder
The Yellow Alder is another plant that will act as a snake repellent. Snakes dislike the look and feel of this plant. When placed strategically around the home, it will act as a barrier because of its shape and the sharpness of the leaves.
The scent of the Yellow Alder will also keep snakes away. This plant is quite attractive to have around the garden as it dawns a bright yellow blossom that is pleasing to the eye.
In conclusion, no one plant will do the job of keeping snakes away all the time. Therefore it is important to mix it up and have a combination of these plants to have a safe and effective barrier around your homestead.
My favorite ones are the ones that are also edible. Because of this fact, it is easy to keep them in mind and check that no other creature has eaten or passed on a disease to these garden protectors.
- Lemon Grass
- Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
- Indian Snake Root
- Wormwood or Mugwort
- Tulbaghia Violacea
- Yellow Alder