Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Nectar plants for butterflies and hummingbirds

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 20, 2013 1:07 PM CST
Most lists of nectar plants are not very comprehensive, or consist only of temperate perennials, of which I have very few. I've been compiling a list from variously located scholarly sources, watching documentaries, looking at the flowers hummingbirds and b'flies are visiting in pics, and including tropical plants that are considered house plants outside of their natural regions but known as a nectar source. The more I realize how many nectar-producing plants there are, I will not add any more plants to my yard that do not fit this category. Not all b'flies or hummers would visit every plant on this list, and I tried to weed-out any synonyms but there may be a few for plants I'm unfamiliar with, a common name added when found or known, though I'm sure some of these plants have others. Anything else seen being used as a nectar source?

Acanthus
Achillea, yarrow
Aeschynanthus, lipstick plant
Agastache
Aguilegia formosa, western columbine
Alcea rosea, hollyhock
Alstroemeria, Peruvian lily
Angelonia
Antirrhinum, snapdragon
Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed
Asclepias, various, any = milkweed
Aster
Begonia
Buddleia, butterfly bush
Calibrachoa, million bells
Campsis radicans, trumpet creeper
Cannas
Ceanothus americanus, New Jersey tea, CA lilac
Centranthus ruber, Jupiter's beard
Cephalanthus occidentalis, buttonbush
Chrysothemis pulchella, sunset bells
Clematis heracleifolia
Clematis virginiana, virgin bower
Cleome
Coleus
Coreopsis
Crocosmia, cardinal flower
Cuphea, cigar flower
Dahlia
Delphinium
Delphinium, larkspur
Dianthus, pinks, sweet William
Dicentra spectabilis, bleeding heart
Digitalis, foxglove
Eupatorium, Joe pye
Fuchsia
Gladiolus
Heliconia
Heliotrope
Hemerocallis, daylily
Hesperaloe parviflora, false yucca
Hesperis, dame's rocket
Heuchera sanguinea, coral bells
Hibiscus syriacus, rose of Sharon
Hosta
Hoya
Hyssop
Impatiens balsamina, jewelweed
Impatiens capensis, jewelweed
Ipomoea coccinea, red morning glory
Ipomoea multifida, cardinal climber
Ipomoea purpurea, morning glory
Ipomoea quamoclit, cypress vine
Jasminum, Jasmine
Justicia brandegeeana, shrimp plant
Kniphofia, red hot poker
Lantana
Lavendula, lavender
Liatris
Lilium, Lilies
Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal flower
Lobelia siphilitica, blue lobelia
Lonicera sempervirens, honeysuckle
Lupine
Lychnis, rose campion
Malva, rose mallow
Manzanita
Maranta, prayer plant
Mentha, mint
Mimosa, invasive tree in certain spots, but good to know it has this quality
Mirabilis jalapa , 4'o'clocks
Monarda, beebalm
Nepeta, catmint
Nicotania silvestris
Nicotiana alata, flowering tobacco
Ocimum basilicum, basil
Pelargonium, annual geraniums
Penstemon, beardstongue
Pentas
Petunia, petunia
Phaseolus coccineus, scarlet runner bean
Phlox
Phygelius, cape figwort
Physostegia, obedient plant
Plectranthus, 'Mona lavender'
Rhododendron, azalea
Salvia, sage
Saponaria, soapwort
Saponaria officinalis, bouncing bet
Scabiosa, pin cushion flower
Sidalcea, prairie mallow
Silene
Streptocarpus saxorum, Streptocarpella
Tropaeolum majus, nasturtium
Tropaeolum peregrinum, canary creeper vine
Verbena
Veronica
Vitex, wild grape
Weigela
Zinnia
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 22, 2013 5:44 PM CST
I live in a temperate area so I'm only familiar with these plants. This list consists of plants that I currently grow or have grown in the past.

Agapanthus africanus (Lily of the Nile) - nectar source for hummingbirds
Aloe maculata (Soap Aloe) - nectar source for hummingbirds
Asclepias curassavica (Tropical Milkweed) - nectar source for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds; host food for Monarch Caterpillar
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengheri' - food source for birds
Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush) - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry) - nectar source for bees, fruit is food source for birds
Callistemon rigidus (Stiff Bottlebrush) - nectar source for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
Callistemon viminalis (Weeping Bottlebrush) - nectar source for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle) - nectar source for butterflies
Clerodendrum paniculatum (Pagoda Flower) - nectar sourse for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
Cuphea hyssopifolia (Mexican False Heather) - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) - nectar source for bees and butterflies
Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat) - nectar source for bees, fruit is a food source for birds
Flaveria linearis (Yellowtop) - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Koelreuteria elegans (Golden Rain Tree) - nectar source for bees
Hamelia patens (Firecracker Shrub) - nectar source for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
Helianthus annus (Common Sunflower) - food source for birds
Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Tropical Hibiscus) - nectar source for bees
Lantana camara - nectar source for bees, butterflies and moths, fruit is food source for birds
Monarda punctata (Dotted Bee Balm) - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Nandina domestica 'Compacta' - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Odontonema strictum (Firespike) - nectar source for butterflies, hummingbirds
Passiflora - nectar source for butterflies, host food source for Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Pentas lanceolata (Egyptian Star Flower) - nectar source for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
Plumbago auriculata (Blue Plumbago) - nectar source for bees and butterflies
Prunus caroliniana (Carolina Cherry Laurel) - nectar source for bees, berries are food source for birds
Prunus serotina (Wild Black Cherry) - nectar source for bees, fruit is food source for birds
Salvia coccinea (Tropical Sage) - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Salvia coerulea (Anise-scented Sage - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Senna bicapsularis (Christmas Senna) - nectar source for butterflies, host food for Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar
Spaghneticolia trilobata (Creeping Daisy) - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Tecoma stans (Yellow Bells) - nectar source for bees
Trachelospermum jasminoides (Confederate Jasmine) - nectar source for bees, butterflies
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum) - nectar source for bees
Wisteria frutescens - (American Wisteria) - nectar source for bees and butterflies
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 23, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Thanks!! That's an awesome list.
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Aug 23, 2013 10:48 AM CST
Thanks for sharing those lists Tiffany and Lin. Thumbs up
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 23, 2013 12:38 PM CST
It's obviousโ€ฆA lot of work went into compiling these lists! Hurray!
Very much appreciated! And I'll certainly be "using" this as I look for new additions for my garden! Thumbs up
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Dec 19, 2013 2:57 PM CST
Additions I've encountered since posting:
Bletilla
Calotropis
Cleistocactus
Ipomopsis rubra
Kohleria
Rhipsalis
Ruellia
Schlumbergera


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Name: Tahnsri Tan
Tanah Rata
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sriitann
Dec 29, 2013 2:09 AM CST

I have many agapanthus + Callistemons in the garden... Sticking tongue out Thumbs up
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 29, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants sriitann! Your photo's are lovely!
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Name: Roberta
Cherokee Village, Ark (Zone 7a)
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901Bertwood
Dec 29, 2013 9:45 AM CST
Ms Tan where is this beautiful garden at, you don't have your location listed.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 29, 2013 12:19 PM CST
Roberta: Tanah Rata is in the country of Malaysia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanah_Rata
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 15, 2014 4:19 PM CST
Just ordered mixes of seeds to attract the rare critters.
AM has sale on this week on the mixes to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and beneficial insects.
Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Feb 16, 2014 9:50 PM CST
I can hardly wait for your hummer pictures to roll in!!!
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Feb 17, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Added another plant to list:
Echium candicans

That's a determined hummer who comes all the way to Calgary. I'm looking forward to pics too, Caroline! Hope you get lots of awesome, hungry visitors.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 8, 2015 2:57 AM CST
I only see one or two every year.
They go through in May, and then back again in August.
I am hoping to entice some to spend the summer.
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tarev
Mar 14, 2015 5:43 PM CST
This butterfly loves my pink blooms:
Lewisia
Lewisia
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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
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Sheridragonfly
Apr 11, 2015 6:40 PM CST
I have a goodlooking bed of bee balm right now

but there is an insect eating holes in some of the leaves
what do I need to do to stop it?

I bought this beebalm last year and it has not mildewed as others did I tried
years ago..I do find bee balm likes moist soil and it gets morning sun here
in my flower bed..
Help on stopping this insect I can not see it but do see hundreds of tiny
holes on my beautiful healthy plants

thanks sheri/sheridragonfly
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Apr 13, 2015 8:39 AM CST
If you look on the bottom of leaves, you may find some tiny caterpillars. Do you know which species of Monarda you have? If you find a caterpillar (or whatever critter you find) & are able to share its' pic, someone might recognize it. Not really a question about nectar, might get the most answers if the question is in its' own discussion. A brief search led to info about various kinds of butterflies using various species of Monarda as host plant, or it could be the larvae of some kind of pest like armyworms, or completely different kind of plant muncher.
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