By James Morgan from Birdwatchingbuzz.com
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Hummingbirds. Ah, hummingbirds. We are not sure we can think of any other species of bird that are quite as attractive and intriguing. The way they hover while feeding awkwardly located nectar and the light buzz, they make from the speed of their wings flapping at a ridiculous rate. It always feels like a fleeting but nice treat having them appear in your yard, wouldn’t love to know how to ensure they come to your yard more often?
One of the best ways is to plant flowers hummingbirds are particularly attracted to, and to help save you some time, because we know you don’t want to research hundreds of different varieties and blooms, we’ve done the hard work for you. In the following post we look at some of the best plants for attracting hummingbirds.
Trumpet Vine (Campsis Radicans)
Trumpet Vine, also called Trumpet Creeper is a great choice if you are looking to entice some hummingbirds to your garden. They love it. So much so, that in northern USA, it’s also known as the Humm
ingbird Vine. It is found as a native plant in the east of the country, but because it is extremely hardy and easy to grow, you will also find it in the west of the country. And we don’t say the word grow lightly as it can reach some amazing heights of 40-feet.
As it’s a deciduous vine, you will find it in riverbanks and spread throughout woodlands. The distinctive feature of these plants that makes them so alluring to hummingbirds is those bright orange and red trumpet style flowers.
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia Cardinalis)
The Cardinal Flower is found extensively throughout the country and is native to the whole of the Americas, from the south east of Canada down and through to the south west and east of the US. This means it can be found in just about all the 48 states found in the lower part of the continent.
This stunning herbaceous plant can reach smaller heights of just 3 to 4-feet and requires shady and moist conditions, so you will spot them in some of the wettest areas like steam banks and swamps.
They are later bloomers, appearing between mid and late summer and have the most gorgeous and vibrant red coloring. This makes them ideal for encouraging hummingbirds to check out your garden. These plants rely on hummingbirds checking them out and visiting them to help with pollination.
Sierra Larkspur (Delphinium Glaucum)
Sierra Larkspur is often called Glaucous Larkspur and Mountain Larkspur and is a native of western USA from the Arizona all the way to Alaska. This wildflower can be mostly found in moister conditions such as riverbanks and meadows, especially those around mountainous regions.
It blooms a little earlier than others in this list at the start of summer, which is ideal for spotting hummingbirds. Though they often bloom later in summer and even into early fall. The plant can grow from between one 1 and 6 erect green stems. Depending on the variety you choose, it can reach a height of anything between 2 and 8-feet.
Atop the stem there is a big inflorescence that contains around 50 individual and widely spaced flowers. Their sepals and petals both have a striking color that can range from the deepest blue to the darkest of purples.
Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea)
We had to include Foxglove, especially as it’s widely regarded as one of the most stunning plants available. It’s also especially good at attracting the little buzzers we are discussing here. Thanks go to its bright and cheery tubular flowers.
These flowers tend to bloom in the middle of summer and can be white, pink, yellow, purple or even red depending on the variety you choose to plant. Their flowers sit on the top of a very long and leafy green stem that can reach massive heights of around 6-feet. The individual flowers themselves though are only as big as your fingertip.
As a native plant is found throughout the north west of Africa, central and western Asia and the southwest and west of Europe. It thrives in areas such as rocky slopes, sea cliffs and open woodlands.
Okay, so although we’ve banged on and on about how beautiful it is. You should know, if you didn’t already, that Foxglove is extremely poisonous to pets, people and livestock, so you need to always be careful when planting, handling and dealing with these flowers.