Answer: It's easy to encourage hummingbirds to visit your yard and there are numerous plants that thrive in the desert that they will visit. Hummers are particularly attracted to reds, pinks and oranges and their long beaks are well-adapted for tubular shaped flowers, such as salvias, penstemons, and trumpet flowers. Also, chuparosa, aloe, ocotillo, fairy duster, justicia, tecoma stans, and zauschneria are reliable hummingbird attractors. Hummingbirds also provide an excellent reason to leave spider webs intact, as they use the sticky web material to build their nests.
A beautiful summer flowering tree is the desert willow, which has pink/scarlet trumpet shaped flowers that attract hummingbirds. A good reference for this area is Desert Hummingbird Gardens by Sylvia Yoder.
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