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Old Saturday 2nd October 2010, 04:56   #1
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Plants and flowers that attract hummingbirds

Let's share your information here on what plants you find that attract hummingbirds. Of course there are tons of literature out there (garden handbooks, etc), but for me here on the West Coast I find the following plants attracting for hummers:
  • Small narrow trumpet-like flowers such as Agastache "Tutti Frutti"
  • Crocosmia, long bayonet shaped pleated leaves w/orange or red blossoms
  • Salvia leucantha (Mexican bush sage) w/pinkish/purplish blossoms.
The blossoms of the above plants are so suited to the long narrow bills of these birds that I find them just perfect.
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Old Saturday 2nd October 2010, 12:28   #2
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Here my # plant is Stachytarpheta franzii, S mutabilis or one of the other varieties.
Crocosmia is a lovely plant, but blooms for such a short time.
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Old Tuesday 5th October 2010, 05:07   #3
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In my yard we find the Fuchsia to be a great hummingbird attractor.
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Old Thursday 14th October 2010, 04:45   #4
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Today I planted a crocosmia and salvia and the hummer didn't waste any time investigating the crocosmia, even though there are 3 nectar feeders available to him.
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Old Saturday 15th January 2011, 15:56   #5
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Thanks for the post. I am moving to AZ in a few days and plan on making a huge Humming bird garden. I have a half dozen feeders, but would rather see them easting from plants.
I hope this bump gets this thread moving again!

I think I am going to try some Trumpet Creeper, looks like a good plant for my region and supposedly very fast growing. It looks like a Hummer's specialty

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Old Sunday 16th January 2011, 00:14   #6
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Fuchsias, Peruvian Lillies, and Shrimp plants are major hummer draws here.

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Old Sunday 16th January 2011, 01:23   #7
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Pulmonarias (lungwort) is the first draw in the spring, followed by red currant, delphinium, fuchsia, honeysuckle and crocosmia. By fall the only thing left is the hardy fuchsia.
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Old Sunday 16th January 2011, 04:33   #8
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Abelia is a lovely shrub that blooms up here til first hard frost in November and then the Jasmine Nudiflorum does well on the north side of the house, blooming Dec til March. It is best to grow it under an overhang, here, for some protection against snow and hard freezing. Both a hit with hummy.
Also, Rosemary starts blooming in Dec too. The hummingbird likes all these and has been coming for them for the past few winters. Viburnum starts blooming soon but they have never taken to it and Pieris is holding it's blossoms for the warmer weather.
I see the Chaenomelle, Quince Japonica is also holding its pink buds tight til the time is right. Hummy likes that too, a lot.

I was kind of surprised when I saw one feed on the Monk's Hood I have growing in a pot as this plant is toxic, shade and late blooming here.

As I plan on moving soon I've been growing Salvias in pots and hanging baskets for the hummies to feed on.
Hot Lips and S. Elegans are faves as are the Agastaches.
Buddlea, yes. Sour Cherry tree flowers too tho that may be bug hunting?
Lantanas and Mimulus, the perennial kind.
Lobelia that is used in hanging baskets is visited by them and they really liked a pink shamrock I grew in a pot.

I used an old ladder and stacked it with flowers hummies like for pics. Lots of fun.
I'd rather use flowers too.
Loniceras of all sorts.
They try most things but these are all favoured in their seasonal turn around here.
OOps and of course, Columbines, so beautiful together. Penstemons.....aaah, Spring is just around the corner.
Purple Mallows that grow themselves....
There's lots to choose from so matching what they like with your growing conditions and watering capability will help sort things out in AZ! Nice. I am envious of all the hummy company you will have there.

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Old Sunday 16th January 2011, 04:43   #9
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And vegetable flowers too, like kale, arugula and mustard, along with scarlet runners. I'm sure they are the reason I had so many beans last year as there were fewer bees.
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Old Monday 17th January 2011, 22:55   #10
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The Scarlett runner is one of my favorites and the hummers too. We have the little fellows every year looking for them. We try to plant them in containers with poles for them to run up. The flowers are just beautiful! We also have a feeder we hang very close to one of the pots. this seems to really get them going!
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Old Wednesday 9th February 2011, 15:18   #11
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Salvia leucantha I loved this one but it developed mold very quickly here.
I noticed that they also like some very ordinary flowers like nasturtiums and leeks
I leave leeks for them to enjoy and sit guard over.

and 2 hummies sport on a Winter's day.
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Bee Balm (Monarda) was the most popular plant with the few hummers we got in CT.
Instead, they seemed to enjoy flying through a mister spray. So if water is available, that would be a good installation.
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Old Thursday 10th February 2011, 16:06   #13
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yes, so many have told me too, that they love to bathe in a spray. I have seen it myself where a hummy sat on a branch in the spray of a sprinkler.

But any water will do.
I read that birds of all sorts are attracted to the sound of running water. A bottle with a loose lid, hung so that it splashes, drop by drip into a dish of water, is sound enough apparently, to let birds know water is present.

The hummies seem to bathe most in Spring and Fall, Oct 29th being the latest pic I have of that. Birds bathe to keep warm and less when it is warm days tho I think nesters like to get wet for the bug thing and also to moisten the eggs.

They do like it when water runs along a rock.
I try to arrange for a little spouting action and they dip their heads right under it or straight into the pool.
Even what is running over the edge seems attractive.
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Old Thursday 10th February 2011, 16:12   #14
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And if there is no water available, when it rains....any leaf will do, Chaenomelle or Kale!
OR clothes line.
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Old Friday 18th February 2011, 18:21   #15
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This is so informative Ive been putting my own Hummer mix out now for the last 4 years(and Ive done really well attracting them)I get 15 to 20 every year I get so excited when they come back.Im gonna try a few of the plants mentioned
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Do you all that have both feeders and plants out find the birds using the sugar water more or is there a good mix of the two?

My plants are just starting to put out some spring leafs now so too early for me to say.
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Hi Dana Dana,

Just think your hummers taking the waters pixs are wonderful.
Mine never became anywhere near that relaxed.
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