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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Attracting Hummingbirds with Plantings


JPG -- Photo of feeding hummingbird

A better way to attract hummingbirds is by planting flowers. This provides both a natural nectar source for the birds and beautiful flowers for you to view. Flowering plants also provide protein in the form of aphids and other small insects and spiders. In general, choose plants with tubular-shaped flowers that are reddish or pink in color. The following plants are recommended for hum- mingbirds (SP=spring; SU=summer; F=fall).

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)--SP to F
Petunia (Petunia x hybrida)--SP to F
Gregg's Salvia (Salvia greggii)--SP to F
Scarlet Sage (S. splendens)--SP to F
Verbena (Verbena spp.)--SP to F
Red Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)--SP
American Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)--SP
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea)--SP
Beard Tongue (Penstamon spp.)--SP and SU
Phlox (Phlox spp.)--SP and SU
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)--SU
Mimosa (Albizzia julibrizzin)--SU
Red Morning Glory (Ipomea coccinea)--SU
Cypress Vine (I. quamoclit)--SU and F
Canna (Canna spp.)--SU and F
Four O'Clocks (Morablilis jalapa)--SU and F
Red-hot-poker (Kniphofia uvaria)--SU and F
Texas Sage (S. coccinea)--SU and F
Pineapple Sage (S. elegans)--SU and F
Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)--SU and F
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)--F


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