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20 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

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Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colored flowers, especially red and orange. The hummingbird’s primary diet is flower nectar. They can hover like bees in front of tubular or trumpet-shaped blossoms, probing with their long needle-like beaks to extract nectar.

Hummingbirds are very territorial, so plant several patches of their favorite flowers if you want to attract more than one. Also, keep a source of very shallow water available to give hummingbirds a place to drink. Hummingbirds also eat small insects and spiders.

Hummingbirds feeders will attract hummingbirds to the garden. Fill a feeder with sugar syrup (1/4 cup of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of water; do not add food coloring). Either boil the water briefly or leave it overnight to allow chlorine to evaporate.

Hummingbird visits Fuschias
Hummingbird visits Fuschias

20 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Common NameBotanical NameZones
Bee balmMonarda didyma4-8
Butterfly bushBuddleia spp.5-10
CannaCanna hybrids2-11
Cardinal flowerLobelia spp.2-9
Cross-vineBignonia capreolata6-9
FuchsiaFuchsia spp.2-11
GeraniumPelargonium spp.2-11
GladiolusGladiolus hybrids2-11
Red penstemon flowers
Red penstemon flowers
Common NameBotanical NameZones
HollyhockAlcea rosea2-11 
Honeysuckle, variousLonicera spp.3-9
LantanaLantana camara2-11
LarkspurConsolida ambigua2-11
Morning gloryIpomea spp.2-11
PenstemonPenstemon spp.3-7
Phlox, annualPhlox drummondii2-11
PetuniaPetunia spp.2-11
Quince, floweringChaenomeles speciosa4-9
 Weigela in time of flowering
Weigela in time of flowering
Common NameBotanical NameZones
Rose of SharonHibiscus syriacus5-9
Salvia, red annualSalvia splendens2-11
SnapdragonAntirrhinum majus2-11
Tobacco, floweringNicotiana spp.2-11
Trumpet creeperCampsis radicans3-11
WeigelaWeigela florida4-9

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Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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