Seeds forum: Flower seeds that attract hummingbirds

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 10, 2012 1:24 AM CST
I was wondering if anyone had extra seeds to trade that attract hummingbirds.

One year I planted something that was red and the little guys just loved it. A red salvia maybe. If you have it or a red sage LMK or even just post what you are using in your garden to attract them. I have feeders but I enjoy seeing them out in the garden.

Teresa in KY
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Dec 10, 2012 7:23 AM CST

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Teresa

I don't save many seeds anymore, and I don't honestly know if I have any hummer seeds to trade. I might have some older ones in my seed box, but probably won't be in "seed mode" and go through that box until after Christmas. I'm in holiday mode now. Smiling

My hummers seem mostly attracted to salvias (annual and perennial), penstemon, lobelia cardinalis, nicotiana. But they're not picky eaters. I get a lot of them and they visit almost every flower, including zinnias, impatiens, butterfly bush, and petunias. Sometimes it seems it depends on the actual cultivar, though. Nicotiana has always been a big attractor for me, but I've tried a few of the dwarf variety (which had no fragrance) and the hummers totally ignored them, so maybe fragrance matters. But if anyone knows of a fragrant nicotiana 1 to 2 feet tall, please tell!

Karen

Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 10, 2012 7:55 AM CST
Hi, Karen
I am in Holiday mode too. Going to BG to finish some gift shopping and getting some more deco ribbon.

I haven't planted any of the tall nicotina, they take up a lot of space. Do they do well in dry weather? Last summer we had days of over 100 degrees. I had a hard time trying to water everything. Many plants suffered.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Dec 10, 2012 8:18 AM CST

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Yes, they were pretty drought tolerant for me. But some of my tall ones got to be 5-6' tall, and they cave over in heavy rain or wind. It hard to stake things that are that big, so I've eliminated most of the tall ones.

I tried a dwarf, Perfume Red, last year. They were pretty, short, and easy to stake. But they had no evening fragrance like the taller ones did, and I never saw the hummers go near them. Hence, my quest for a fragrant dwarf continues.


My old tall ones were very fragrant in the evening, but became a pain with their rampant volunteers and massive size
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Karen
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Onewish1
Dec 10, 2012 7:24 PM CST

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I will check through my stash.. once the decorating calms down.. and let you know.. sure I have something
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Dec 10, 2012 8:03 PM CST
Ok, that sounds great.
Thanks
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 10, 2012 11:19 PM CST
Onewish1 said:I will check through my stash.. once the decorating calms down.. and let you know.. sure I have something


Queen of Christmas!

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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Green Grin! Thumbs up

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Dec 10, 2012 11:52 PM CST
I grow for these (mainly for Hummers)......

Agastaches (Lots of them!)
Salvia 'Scarlet Spires'
Salvia 'Black & Blue'
Salvia 'Forest Fire'
Salvia 'Indigo Spires'
Belize Sage (Salvia miniata)
Penstemon murrayanus
Crocosmia 'Lucifer'
Cuphea 'David Verity'
Salvia penstemonoides
Fuchsia triphylla 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler') planted this yr
Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus)
Brazilian Firecracker Vine (Manettia cordifolia)
Bee Balm
Salvia leucantha 'Midnight' (DH's fav & when I can get it)
Salvia 'Big Swing' (when I can get it)
Pineapple Sage
Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Salvia 'Dancing Flames' (when I can get it)
Salvia greggii 'Burgundy Seduction' (planted this yr)
Salvia greggii 'Cold Hardy Pink' (planted this yr)
Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' (when I can get it)
Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' (when I can get it)
Vermilion Bluffs Mexican Sage (Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl') when I can get it - had it, but lost it
Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue' (when I can get it)
Salvia farinacea 'Cathedral Deep Blue' (when I can get it)
Salvia x sylvestris 'Rhapsody In Blue'
Salvia azurea 'Nekan'
Salvia 'Black Cherry'
Salvia 'Raspberry Delight'
Salvia 'Ultra Violet'
Salvia 'San Carlos Festival' (when I can get it)
Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'
Salvia 'Furman's Red'
Salvia 'Cherry Chief'
Salvia 'Lady in Red'
Salvia 'Wild Thing'
Salvia pachyphylla (planted this yr)
Zinnia 'Zowie Yellow Flame' my favorite one and Hummers favorite
Penstemons
Cape Fuchsia (Phygelius var.) annuals
Phygelius x rectus 'Cherry Ripe'
Stachytarpheta (Porterweed) whenever I can get it
Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica) planted this yr
Royal Catchfly (Silene regia 'Prairie Fire') planted this yr
Mimbres Figwort (Scrophularia macrantha) Redbirds in a Tree
Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis) whenever I can get it
Pentas
Petunia
Calibrachoa
Butterfly Bush
Bouvardia ternifolia (when I can get it)
Larkspur (when I get around to the seeds)
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia 'Alcazar')
Lantana camara 'Citrus Blend' my favorite one
Brakelights Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora 'Perpa') planted this yr
Salvias
Tall Phlox
Heuchera (Coral Bells)
Columbine

I can't think of what other plants right now. I do have at least two feeders up (front and back) that I refill daily with sugar water.

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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Onewish1
Dec 11, 2012 4:47 AM CST

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Marilyn we are exhausted already Whistling I posted some videos in the NE forum.. will do some good ones soon.. those were just quick ... but I always have tons of agastache as well... might have some seeds too
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Dec 11, 2012 8:02 AM CST
Geez Louise!! I bet she doesn't have grass to mow !!! Thanks! I will have to look up the majority of those.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 11, 2012 11:11 PM CST
Onewish1 said:Marilyn we are exhausted already Whistling I posted some videos in the NE forum.. will do some good ones soon.. those were just quick ... but I always have tons of agastache as well... might have some seeds too


*Blush*

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Dec 11, 2012 11:17 PM CST
Teresa,

Dean and I have someone else do our grass for the past two years now. Thumbs up

I grow other plants also (Echinacea, ....), but you were talking about Hummers.

I grow a lot of plants, mostly annuals & some perennials in containers.

Can't wait till the Hummers show up next year! Hurray! Green Grin!

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Dec 12, 2012 8:17 AM CST
My little list would just be a repetition of just a few of Marilyn's. How would you start most of them, Marilyn?
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Dec 12, 2012 9:10 PM CST
Roses_R_Red said:My little list would just be a repetition of just a few of Marilyn's. How would you start most of them, Marilyn?


I usually get plants. *Blush* *Blush* *Blush*

Faster and easier. Thumbs up

Don't know if some of the plants I listed can be grown as seeds. Some are cuttings before I bought them.

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Dec 12, 2012 9:13 PM CST
I didn't list all the plants I grow for the Hummers! More Salvias! Lovey dubby Hurray! Green Grin!

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 17, 2014 7:04 AM CST
Petunia exserta is the hummingbird petunia.
The red flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 17, 2014 7:08 AM CST

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Seems to me hummers like most petunias but the old fashioned ones more than some newer hybrids. Maybe because the older ones are more fragrant? I see them going for all colors of petunias. And calabrachoa. Impatiens, too.

Karen

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