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Grow Annuals for Butterflies and Hummingbirds

By Marilyn
January 19, 2014

Annuals for Color and Attracting Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and Bees

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LindaTX8
Jan 18, 2014 11:59 PM CST
The lantanas and salvias I have growing survive as perennials here. But some salvias I won't grow...those that need an easier climate than I have here. Right now, there's 2 Red Admirals hanging around and the other day there was an American Lady also. I'm putting out old fruit and jelly for them and also for the bees (who are also getting a 1:1 nectar mix). And the hummingbird feeder for the single Rufous hummingbird. My remaining blooms are gone, thanks to the polar fronts. So sad!
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2014 12:40 AM CST
That's wonderful you're getting 2 Red Admirals and an American Lady butterflies! Hurray! Thumbs up Lovey dubby

Wonderful still, that you've a Rufous hummingbird and bees! Hurray! Thumbs up Lovey dubby

Sorry to hear the polar front dipped down to where you are, we've got it also. Thumbs down
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jmorth
Jan 19, 2014 2:17 AM CST
Another aerial garden visitor attracted by a fragrant annual plant stand is the Hummingbird Moth to Flowering Tobacco and the annual Moonflower vine. Hummingbirds are attracted to the wildflower Ipomopsis, the half hardy Leonotis nepetifolia, and the red Pentas (annual for me)..
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2014 3:34 AM CST
J,

I completely forgot about the Hummingbird Moth! I can't believe I didn't mention it! Blinking

A lot of the plants that I originally had in the article weren't mentioned, such as Pentas for one. I love Pentas! I usually try to grow a red one. We had 2 Hummingbird Moths here this past Summer going to all my plants, but couldn't get any pics of it. They're such beautiful little things! Lovey dubby

Thanks for mentioning the others. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

I haven't grown Leonotis nepetifolia for a few years. Always have to find it online. I haven't grown the others you mentioned yet.
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kqcrna
Jan 19, 2014 6:06 AM CST
The only 2 times I've seen hummingbird moths in my yard were both on verbenas. Once it was verbena bonariensis
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The other was Homestead Purple
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Cem9165
Jan 19, 2014 8:04 AM CST
Marilyn,

Thank you for a wonderful article, and the pictures are just gorgeous. I previously started making a list of plants I wanted to attract the hummingbirds and butterflies, and thanks to your recommendations, and those of jmorth and Karen, I now have a few more plants to add to my list Hurray!
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SongofJoy
Jan 19, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Very nice to see this, Marilyn. I am so pleased when people are planting to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Makes me happy. :)
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jmorth
Jan 19, 2014 9:09 AM CST
Karen yours looks like the Snowberry Clearwing type. I've seen them in the wild, in my home garden we're usually blessed with the Carolina and White Lined Sphinx Moth types (Hawk Moths), occasionally w/ the Thersa Sphinx type.
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kqcrna
Jan 19, 2014 9:17 AM CST
Yes. That guy in your avatar is beautiful!

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canadanna
Jan 19, 2014 9:34 AM CST
Cem9165 said:Marilyn,

Thank you for a wonderful article, and the pictures are just gorgeous. I previously started making a list of plants I wanted to attract the hummingbirds and butterflies, and thanks to your recommendations, and those of jmorth and Karen, I now have a few more plants to add to my list Hurray!


I agree
The thought of Anise scented salvia I just intoxicating!!! Does anyone in warmer climates know if it is like the black and blue that spreads under ground?
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Newyorkrita
Jan 19, 2014 10:20 AM CST
Fabulous Article, just fabulous! Thumbs up
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Joannabanana
Jan 19, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Newyorkrita said:Fabulous Article, just fabulous! Thumbs up


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Newyorkrita
Jan 19, 2014 10:40 AM CST
I too love the annual Salvias. There are so many to choose from in both the blue and the yellow. All the pretty ones that I like to grow are definitely only annuals for us here and die off every winter. I only wish they continued growing like they might in Florida.

My favorite annuals are zinnias. They too attract butterflies. Another favorite are portulacas and Marigolds. I always rely on having some annuals to add season long color to my garden.
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2014 4:22 PM CST
jmorth said:we're usually blessed with the Carolina and White Lined Sphinx Moth types (Hawk Moths), occasionally w/ the Thersa Sphinx type.
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That was the one we saw 2 of them doing all the flowers this past Summer- Fall. Hurray! Thumbs up

Gorgeous and breathtaking! Lovey dubby
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2014 4:26 PM CST
I had a lot more annual plants and pics in my original article, but they didn't make the cut. Sad

Happy that y'all loved it! Thanks bunches! I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Thumbs up Lovey dubby Group hug
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2014 4:39 PM CST
Thank you very much everyone for all the Thumbs up and all the generous Acorn tips! Group hug Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Newyorkrita
Jan 19, 2014 4:47 PM CST
I wonder why they were cut.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2014 5:21 PM CST
I guessing my article was too long. Sad I wanted to share the excitement all of the plants with y'all too! Thumbs up
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 19, 2014 5:26 PM CST
I see no problem with it being longer. Smiling
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2014 5:27 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
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