Hummingbird Flowers - The Best 18 Plant Families for Natural Nectar
This is Nature's way. Keep something in bloom continuously during the time hummingbirds are expected in your area. Native plants are a good place to start, but don't limit yourself. Much effort has gone into developing flowers that hummers love!
Hummingbird favorites usually but not always have long, tubular blossoms that are red, orange, yellow or blue, especially blue Salvia species; the shape limits insect access to the nectar inside. Hummers like blossoms with lots of concentrated nectar, preferring sucrose.
We've listed some of the best plant families for "natural nectar" below. Ask your local nurseries and garden clubs which do best in your area - their advice is invaluable!
Our Favorite Flowers for Attracting Hummingbirds
|An asterisk (*) indicates warm climates. Our personal favorites are underlined.|
|Abutilon*||Chinese Bell Flower
|Approximately 150 species of broadleaf plants in the mallow family.|
|Agastache*||Cusick's Giant Hyssop
|A genus of 9–12 species of aromatic flowering herbaceous perennial plants in the Lamiaceae family.|
|Aloe*||Aloe Vera||A genus containing about 500 species of flowering succulent plants.|
|A genus of flowering plants in the bear's breeches family native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.|
|A genus of about 60-70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands and higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere.|
|Caesalpinia*||Bird of Paradise
|A genus of flowering plants in the legume family with different publications including anywhere from 70 to 165 species.|
|A genus of 34 species of shrubs in the family Myrtaceae, all of which are endemic to Australia.|
|Chilopsis||Desert Willow||A genus of flowering plant containing a single species, Chilopsis linearis.|
|Fuchsia||Fuchsia||A genus of flowering plants that contains almost 110 recognized species.|
|Hamelia||Firebush||A genus of flowering plants in the coffee family.|
|A genus of flowering plants native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Americas, with two species occurring north into temperate zones.|
Red Hot Poker
|A genus of flowering plants that includes 70 or more species native to Africa.|
|A genus of flowering plants comprising 360–400 species, with distribution primarily in tropical to warm temperate regions of the world and a few species extending into cooler temperate regions.|
|Lonicera||Honeysuckle||There are about 180 species of honeysuckle, 100 of which occur in China; Europe, India and North America, with about 20 native species each.|
|A genus of roughly 16 species of flowering plants endemic to North America.|
|Penstemon*||Beard-Tongue||A large genus of North American and East Asian flowering plants with partly tube-shaped, and two-lipped flowers.|
|Salvia*||Sage||The largest genus of plants in the mint family with approximately 700–900 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals.|
|Yellow Trumpetbush||A genus of 14 species of shrubs or small trees in the trumpet vine family. Twelve species are from the Americas, while the other two species are African.|
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Photo: Wally Nussbaumer