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Old 06-04-2002, 09:18 AM
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Pinkie Winky Does anyone know any hummingbird-attracting flowers/plants?

The only way we have been able to attract hummingbirds is by using our large feeder. We don't have time to keep a lot of small ones(feeders) filled, so we just use this 4-hummingbird feeder.
If anyone knows of any easy-to-care-for plants and flowers besides red salvia and columbine, please tell me.

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Old 06-04-2002, 01:50 PM
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Katiebird, I think what we call "trumpet vine" does. It may grow wild where you live but it looks a little like a honeysuckle bush (Oh and that does it too!) but it has large, orange "trumpets" for flowers. The hummingbirds love em!
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Old 06-06-2002, 03:03 PM
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Anything RED (or orange or that has a nectar with a sweet smell!) will attract them. Bottlebush trees (plants?) do a good job. Hope that helps a little. Look up Hummingbirds on might have some good info there! : )
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Old 06-07-2002, 04:11 AM
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Hello. I have many hummers in my yard each year and they always come for my cannas. I've also had them in my gladiolas. The bad thing about both of those are that I have to dig them each year, but it's worth it. I started with 5 cannas a few years ago and now have hundreds. I can't give them away fast enough! Nasturtium are easy to grow and often reseed themselves and they too have a "throat" that they can drink from. Good luck!
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Old 06-07-2002, 06:38 AM
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We have a crabapple bush in our backyard and it has red flowers on it which attracts hundreds of hummingbirds. A few weeks ago we would go out on the back porch in the morning and evening, about 3 hours before sunset and just watch all the hummingbirds
come by. They are really fasinating little creatures.
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Old 06-07-2002, 07:18 AM
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Flowers Hummingbirds Like

I have a Hummingbird Book , in it it has a list of what you are looking for.
Here goes:
Bee Balm
Blazing Star
Bleeding Heart
Cardinal Flower
Carpet Bugle
Century Plant
Dame's Rocket
Fire Pink
Flowering Tobacco
Red-Hot Poker
Scarlet Sage
Spider Flower
Sweet William

I hope this helps. If you are not sure if they are Perrenials just ask where you buy them or look on the seed packet.
If you want more ideas just let me know.

Have fun !


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Old 06-07-2002, 07:16 PM
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I have Hummingbirds at my feeders and flowers. I heard that Hummers like all flowers but some are their favorites. I grow "Bee Balm" it smells like lemon and it gets red blooms. These plants come back every year and they are spreading out more and more every year. I got my first start from one of the flower catalogs and it took off like wildfire!
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Old 06-08-2002, 12:39 PM
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Hummingbird Plants

Try Buddlia otherwise known as "Butterfly Bush".
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Old 06-09-2002, 11:19 AM
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I have a suggestion

I found Lantana to be a great attractor of Hummingbirds. Our flower bed was filled with it and you can't kill it! Good luck

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Old 06-09-2002, 08:22 PM
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plants for hummingbirds

I have a feeder hanging right outside my kitchen picture window. There is a deck outside the window and I have window boxes along the top railing. I am not a "green thumb" and so I plant petunias, really easy to take care of and have had all different colors. I pull off spent flowers to encourage the new and they smell nice. The hummers like them and have come zooming in while I am sitting right there! They sound like little engines. I put a temporary clothesline on the deck to dry a few things once and it ran right behind the feeder. I was inside the kitchen putting on makeup looking into a mirror on my windowsill and two came and sat on the clothesline about 6" from my face. I froze and was facinated. They fought a little and then the one remained. I could see his little needle -like tongue going in and out and he even pooped a teeny tiny little bloop.I left the clothesline there when I wasn't expecting company and they loved to sit on it for sometimes over two minutes! I see them in the flowers as often as they come to the feeder. Good luck.
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