Best Flowers for Attracting Hummingbirds

1. Trumpet Honeysuckle

Scientific NameLonicera sempervirens

State Distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV

Perennial Vine      Blooms May to August     Red tubular-shaped flowers    Grows up to 20 Feet, on support (such as arbor or trellis), can also be used as ground cover   Needs full sun, moist soil     Flowers give way to red berries in late summer, early fall

For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Trumpet Honeysuckle

2.  Cardinal Flower

Scientific NameLobelia cardinalis

State Distribution (USDA)AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV

Perennial      Blooms July to September     Red tubular-shaped flowers     Grows up to 6 feet     Needs part to full sun, moist to wet soil

For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Cardinal Flower

3. Bee Balm

Scientific NameMonarda didyma

State Distribution (USDA)CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

Perennial     Blooms July to August     Clusters of Red tubular-shaped flowers     Grows up to 5 feet     Needs part to full sun, moist to wet soil

For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Bee Balm

4. Trumpet Creeper

Scientific NameCampsis radicans

State Distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV

Perennial Vine     Blooms June to September     Large orange/red trumpet-shaped flowers     Grows up to 30 feet on support (such as arbor or trellis), often climbs trees in wild     Needs full sun (for productive blooms), dry to moist soil      Very aggressive vine

For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Trumpet Creeper

5. Jewelweed

Scientific Name: Impatiens capensis

State Distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

Annual (but self-seeds)     Blooms June to August     Orange trumpet-shaped flowers     Grows up to 4 feet     Needs shade, moist to wet soil

     For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Jewelweed

6.  Wild Bleeding Heart

Scientific NameDicentra eximia 

State Distribution (USDA): GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

Perennial     Blooms April to October     Pink heart-shaped flowers     Grows up to 2 feet     Needs shade, moist soil

For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Wild Bleeding Heart

7.  Red Columbine

Scientific NameAquilegia canadensis

State Distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA,  RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Perennial     Blooms from April to June     Red bell-shaped flowers     Grows up to 2 feet      Needs part shade, moist soil

For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Red Columbine

8. Great Blue Lobelia

Scientific NameLobelia siphilitica

State Distribution (USDA): AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

Perennial     Blooms August to October     Blue/purple tubular-shaped flowers     Grows up to 3 feet     Needs part sun, moist soil

For full profile see: Attracting Birds with Great Blue Lobelia

 

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