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Monday, March 29, 2021

List: Ten flowers that naturally attract hummingbirds.

 Today is almost the end of March.  It's also the 10th day of Spring.  What does this have to do with anything, you ask?  Well, it simply means that you should have put up your hummingbird feeders (link) already!  If you haven't, let this be your reminder.  Take a break from this post, put up your feeder, and then come right back.

There's a lot more to attracting hummingbirds than a simple feeder.  You need to create a space that's inviting to hummingbirds, supply nectar they'll actually eat, and even plant their favorite flowers.  This post is all about that latter.  If you need the other information, click the related post linked below.  Today we're going to talk about ten flowers that will attract hummingbirds.

A quick PSA before we go on.  Try to do some research and only plant flowers that are native to your area.  They will flourish, attract insects which hummingbirds also eat, and not harm the ecosystem.


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Ten flowers that attract hummingbirds.


Butterfly bushes, also known as buddleia, produce gorgeous, cone shaped blooms with hundreds of little flowers on each bloom.  These blooms are so packed with nectar that they're known for attracting wildlife such as butterflies, honey bees, and hummingbirds!  Since they do such a great job of attracting things like stinging insects, you will want to plant these away from entertaining areas.
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Daylilies are another plant that produce large, cone shaped flowers that are abundant in nectar.  Hummingbirds will be sure to stop by for some nectar or the ants that are practically guaranteed to be hanging out too.  The only downfall to this plant is the short blooming season.  To attract hummingbirds all season long, you may want to opt for a long lasting flower such as the other options on here.
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Foxglove plants produce the most beautiful cone shaped blooms.  Each bloom is filled with dozens of bell shaped flowers.  Unlike the butterfly bushes where the flowers bloom outwards, these bloom vertically.  They're extra pretty, bloom for long periods of time, and will attract loads of hummingbirds!
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These gorgeous flowers also grow in vertical cones.  Are we seeing a trend yet, people?!  Each cone is filled with hundres of little flowers in vibrant colors.  They are a statement flower that look beautiful in a garden to both humans and hummingbirds.
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If you're a regular here, you may remember this post where I confess my love for these flowers (link).  They are beautiful, resilient, and do a great job of attracting hummingbirds.  Scarlet Sage flowers are known for being bell shaped, having a long blooming season, and for their vibrant red coloring.  Hummingbirds are not only attracted to the shape and nectar of this plant, but they're strongly attracted to the red coloring of it.  If you opt for one flower on this entire list, it should be either this one or #10.
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Another flower that I mentioned previously are calla lilies.  This is the flower that introduced me to hummingbirds on Long Island.  Hummingbirds love these flowers and can't resist stopping by to drink from these long blooming, cone shaped buds.
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These flowers may look a little crazy like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but they do a fabulous job of attracting hummingbirds.  They produce high quantities of nectar and are the perfect shade of red to attract our tiniest feathered friends.
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These little bell shaped flowers do a great job of attracting hummingbirds.  They grow dozens of little, bell shaped flowers along a long, extended stem.  While not as cone shaped as our other flowers, it does have some cone shape properties.
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These little flowers resemble wait for it pincushions.  They're best described as cute flowers.  While I may find them "cute", hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees seem to think they're a delight thanks to all the nectar that they produce.
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10.  Petunias
Last year we got super lucky with our petunias.  Our bright pink petunias flourished from mid-spring all the way through mid-fall.  I was absolutely ecstatic.  I was happy because they really made our backyard look gorgeous, but also because they did such a great job of attracting hummingbirds.  They would stop by our window feeder, then try some of our petunias, go back to the window feeder, and then fly off.  The hummingbirds would linger for more than 15 minutes at a time several times a day.  Of all our flowers, this is definitely the one that gave us the best luck with attracting hummingbirds.
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Have you ever seen a hummingbird?

9 comments :

  1. Most of them have such pretty names! I'd totally love to be called Foxglove or Larkspur LOL

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    1. Foxglove not so much, but Larkspur is actually really pretty. I joke around and call my daughter Petunia sometimes when she's being extra sweet. :)

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    2. Yes, you stole that from me two years ago when I had a kitten named Petunia LOL I currently have three ceramic llamas called Petunia, Prunella and Priscilla.

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    3. Did I? It's quite possible. For some reason I picture a grazing cow whenever I think of Petunia! lol

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  2. That’s a great list! We have butterfly bushes and they do attract the hummingbirds as well as butterflies. Deer love day lilies, so we can’t have those. I love my calla lilies the most, but the hummingbirds tend to ignore them! Maybe because most of mine are white? I just bought a scarlet sage plant last year and was impressed by how much it flowered. We have tons of foxglove here that a previous owner must have planted. The seeds scatter, so they tend to pop up everywhere. I believe you need to be careful handling them because of the digitalis which is poisonous to humans and pets.

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    1. The hummingbirds around here LOVE the calla lillies, that's how I discovered we had them here. I still get excited when I see hummingbirds. (I may even scream when I see them.) Before the pandemic, we didn't spend much time outside which may be the real reason I never knew. Although, it's not just me. When I tell people that hummingbirds come to my feeder they are all shook that there are hummingbirds on Long Island!

      Does your butterfly bush attract different butterflies, or mostly monarchs?

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    2. We don’t get a ton of monarchs. Mostly swallowtails and a mix of small butterflies.If you look at my Instagram account, my 9th photo ever posted is a Spicebush Swallowtail on our butterfly bush.

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  3. I need to plant some of these. I have a single little hummingbird that LOVES my feeder. He'll sit atop our pine tree and keep a close eye on it. It delights me so much when he comes for a drink. I'd love it if we had more than one visit though.

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  4. I guess I should look what flowers are here. I see them all the time around as I go here and there.

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