Flowers for Hummingbirds

A hummingbird feeding at a fuscia plant

Recommended Flowers

These are some flowers to start with. There are plenty of other options and choices for different climates. The flowers we've listed here are pretty easy to grow just about anywhere and are readily available in most garden centers.

If you pick several varieties that bloom at different times of the year, you can provide a year-round buffet for the hummingbirds.

 

 

Penstemon

Beard Tongue (Penstemon)

A perennial for full sun. Flowers late spring to summer. Tube shaped flowers. Comes ins various shades of reds, pinks, blues, and white.

 

Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Monarda):

Perennial for sun to partial shade. Blooms in the summertime. The most common colors are red and purple/pink. Grows tall. Good for the middle or back of the garden bed.

 

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

A perennial for partial shade. Needs moist soil. Blooms in late summer. Give it some shade if you live in a hot climate.

 

Columbine

Columbine (Aquilegia)

Perennial for part shade. Likes moist soil. Blooms in the spring. It comes in blues and reds and purples.

 

Coral Bells

Coral bells (Heuchera)

Perennial for partial shade. Likes well drained soil. Blooms in late spring. Comes in a variety of colors. This plant is often grown for its colorful leaves, but the tiny tube-shaped flowers held up above the plant on long stems, are popular with the hummingbirds.

 

Petunias

Petunia (Petunia)

Annual for full sun to partial shade. Blooms spring to summer. Many colors to choose from. One of the most common plants available at garden centers. Comes in all kinds of colors. The trailing varieties work well in hanging planters.

 

Salvia

Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens)

Annual for full sun to partial shade. Blooms from late spring to fall. Another annual that's readily available at garden centers. Easy to grow.

 

Verbena

Verbena (Verbena)

Annual for full sun to partial shade. Flowers from late spring to early fall. An easily grown plant that will last through the summer. It has clusters of flowers that hummingbirds enjoy.

 

 

Resources:

The Old Farmer's Almanac - Plants that Attract Hummingbirds

Birds and Blooms - Plants and Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

Penn State Extension - Attracting Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Species

Rufous HummingbirdTwenty-seven species of hummingbirds have been observed and reported in the United States. Some of those sightings are quite rare. We've provided information on 17 species that are most-likely to be seen in the U.S.

Check out this list of hummingbird species by state to see which hummers you're most likely to see where you live.

Most Common U.S. Species »