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Attracting Hummingbirds

Did you know that vision is the most important sense for hummingbirds? They don't have a great sense of smell and can't sing songs, but their vision is incredibly strong. Hummingbirds see color just as well as humans do but they can also see ultraviolet light, making their world even more colorful than ours. Reds, pinks and oranges stand out the most to them. These colors indicate good food sources and potential mates.

Most flowers that are known to attract hummingbirds have blossoms that are red, pink or orange. However, they will regularly visit blossoms of any color once they learn that they contain sufficient nectar to make it worth their time.

When selecting flowers to feed the hummingbirds in your garden, look mainly for tubular-shaped flowers or those with a deep throat in shades of red, pink or orange. Choose varieties that will be in bloom when hummingbirds are in your region (typically the warmest months of the year in northern regions). Hummingbird feeders can be used to supplement their food in the times of year when there are not enough flowers blooming to meet their nutritional needs.

Proven Winners Plants for Attracting Hummingbirds:

Annuals

  • Ageratum
  • Calibrachoa
  • Cuphea
  • Lantana
  • Petunia
  • Salvia
  • Torenia

Perennials

  • Hemerocallis
  • Heuchera (varieties with flowers)
  • Hibiscus
  • Hosta
  • Monarda
  • Nepeta
  • Phlox
  • Salvia
  • Veronica

Shrubs

  • Abelia
  • Buddleia
  • Caryopteris
  • Cephalanthus
  • Diervilla
  • Spiraea
  • Weigela
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