Attracting Hummingbirds - Knowledgebase Question

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Question by taalir
October 23, 1999
Can you tell me exactly which flowering plants attract hummingbirds?

Answer from NGA
October 23, 1999
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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