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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 24, 2011 9:27 PM CST
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Please post any hummingbird attracting plants that you've seen them feed from, preferably with the type of hummer that it attracts. We will update and edit the first post to contain the list, so feel free to chatter and question in your posts.

**Please note** -"sp" in the name refers to "species", in other words, more than one type of that plant will attract hummers - the one linked to is just one type or cultivar that does.

Plant name/ Latin name
Hyssop (Agastache sp.)
Azalea
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma and sp.)
Buckeye - Red aka Firecraker plant (Aesculus pavia)
Butterfly bush
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Canna indica
Cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis)
Clematis
Columbine
Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
Coral Bells (Heuchera sp. - although I've read that the Heuchera sanguinea -the older type - is much more attractive to them)
Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)
Delphinium
Dianthus
Foxglove (Digitalis sp.)
Fuchsia sp.
Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)
Lilac
Limestone Fameflower (Talinum calcaricum)
Monarda (see Bee Balm)
Penstemon
Phlox
Salvia
Scarlet trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Silene sp. (Silene dion)
Snapdragon
Speedwell (Veronica)
Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)

Thanks to the contributers: SongofJoy, stephtx

A list of the 17 Hummingbird species found in North America: (Those outside of N.A. can be found here.)
Allen's
Anna's
Berylline
Black-chinned
Blue-throated
Broad-billed
Broad-tailed
Buff-bellied
Calliope
Costa's
Lucifer
Magnificent
Ruby-throated Rufous
Violet-crowned
White-eared
Xantus'
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 25, 2011 9:50 AM CST
Azalea
Clematis
Dianthus
Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum)
Limestone Fameflower (Talinum calcaricum)
Monarda
Silene
Indian Pink (Spigelia)
Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
Speedwell (Veronica)







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Name: Susan
Zone 10a (Zone 10a)

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gardenersdetective
Dec 25, 2011 10:06 AM CST
Love those hummers ( http://gardenersdetective.web.... ) who reward you handsomely when tubular shaped flowers are planted all around the garden.

Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 25, 2011 10:07 AM CST
Thanks for the link, Susan.

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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 25, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Thanks!

Hey Tee - do you have info/ pics for the Fameflower for the database? It is sadly empty....

Shoot - so is Lilium superbum. If you don't have that one, I'll bet someone on the lily forum will....
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Dec 25, 2011 3:01 PM CST
How about Canna Indica?
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 25, 2011 3:09 PM CST
Thanks, Steph - do you think it's only C. indica, or do other Cannas attract/ feed as well?
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Dec 25, 2011 3:13 PM CST
They hummers don't seem to like the other cannas as well as they do the canna indicas. Not sure why Shrug!

Also what about Ipomoea quamoclit (cypress vine). I know they like this vine as well.

It may just be odd but they also loved my Magnolia tree. DD Blanchard Magnolia. I'll look up and do some more research on this one first though.


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Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 25, 2011 3:16 PM CST
Thank you!

And, Steph..... there's a Cypress vine up there.... just sayin' .... Whistling

Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 25, 2011 3:22 PM CST
I can link the Fameflower here until further information is put in the database: http://www.itis.gov/servlet/Si...

I don't have any pictures of Lilium superbum but surely someone does. At least I would think??
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Dec 25, 2011 3:29 PM CST
*Blush* oops overlooked it
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 25, 2011 3:43 PM CST
The hummers love my cannas. I agree. Thumbs up
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 25, 2011 3:44 PM CST
No pics of Fameflower, either? *sniff*
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 25, 2011 3:59 PM CST
I will post this picture here for now but can't put it in the database since it's from Wiki Commons. But still helpful. Green Grin!

Fameflower (Talnium fruiticosum)
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 25, 2011 5:11 PM CST
Don't know about that - one person put a whole bunch up by Terra Nova, so I guess it's allowed as long as you give attributes? Shrug!
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 25, 2011 10:37 PM CST
These plants are among those used by hummingbirds in Texas:
Carolina Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens--this is often the first nectar plant for hummingbirds arriving here in the early spring, which makes it very important for them.
Turk's Cap, Malvaviscus drummondii
Flame Acanthus, Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Rose Pavonia, Pavonia lasiopetala

BTW, a book I have on hummingbirds of Texas, NM and Arizona lists other hummingbirds ID'd in the US:
Cinnamon
Green Violet-ear
Green-breasted Mango
Plain-capped Starthroat

I've been fortunate enough to spot the Green Violet-ear here...an amazing sight!


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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 26, 2011 3:23 AM CST
sheryl said:Don't know about that - one person put a whole bunch up by Terra Nova, so I guess it's allowed as long as you give attributes? Shrug!


If you are talking about Bob, he got permission to use the photos from Terra Nova. I don't want to put Wiki pictures in the database but that might be allowed under the terms of their license. They have different licenses with different conditions. I am not inclined to pursue that. But if someone has time to talk to them and to find out, let me know. Maybe ask Dave. Green Grin!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 26, 2011 9:34 AM CST
I dug this out of our Writer's Forum.

http://garden.org/thread/view_...

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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Dec 26, 2011 11:12 AM CST
Sheryl, here are photos from members on Dave's Garden of the Lilium superbum. Maybe they will give permission to use theirs...

http://davesgarden.com/guides/...
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 26, 2011 1:43 PM CST
At least one of those people on the DG link is over here on ATP as well so getting permission should be fairly easy, Sheryl.
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