The Q&A Archives: Attracting Hummingbirds

Question: Can you tell me exactly which flowering plants attract hummingbirds?

Answer: If hummingbirds live in your area, you can attract them by planting red, tubular flowers. There are many red-flowered annuals, perennials, vines, and shrubs to choose from and here is a list of some of the plants that most successfully attract hummingbirds:

Trumpet honeysuckle
Scarlet penstemon
Scarlet morning-glory
Cypress vine
Scarlet paintbrush
Scarlet salvia
Fire pink
Scarlet petunia
Red buckeye
Geiger tree
Coral bells

As a supplementary source of food, hummingbird feeders can be hung in your garden. Many types of feeders are available and all should be filled with a boiled solution of four parts water to one part white refined sugar or a commercial "nectar" mix. Sugar water feeders should be cleaned every three to five days using a brush and a mild detergent solution, and rinsing well before refilling with sugar water.

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