Planting to Attract Hummingbirds
Did you know that hummingbirds are attracted to particular flowers?
“Hummingbird favorites usually but not always have long, viagra buy tubular blossoms that are red, discount viagra orange, yellow or blue, especially blue Salvia species; the shape limits insect access to the nectar inside. Hummers like blossoms with lots of concentrated nectar, preferring sucrose.” (from the hummingbird society)
Hummingbirds like to eat insects that live in your yard and can be found around hummingbird plants. So, it’s a good idea not to use pesticides around plants that you want to draw hummingbirds to.
Here are some of the plants that can be found in our desert environment that hummingbirds are attracted to:
Flame Honeysuckle (Anisacanthus quadrifidus) – 3’x4′ sprawling plant. Deciduous with orange-red flowers that bloom from summer to fall.
Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica) – 5’x5′ upright and open plant. Semievergreen with red powderpuffs that bloom from the spring to fall.
Red Justicia (Justicia candicans) – 3’x3′ sprawling plant. Evergreen with bright red flowers that bloom from the fall to spring.
Orange Bells (Tecoma hybrid) – 8’x5′ upright shrub. Semievergreen with orange trumpetlike clusters that bloom year-round in frost-free weather.
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia Leucantha) – 4’x4′ rounded shrub. Semievergreen with purple velvety flower that bloom from late spring to fall.
These are just a few of the plants that attract hummingbirds. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has a great little brochure that has a more detailed list of hummingbird plants and other ways to attract hummingbirds to your ourdoor spaces. You can find the brochure here.
If you have questions about hummingbird plants or need help with your spring planting, give us a call at (520) 370-5697. We’d love to help you create the outdoor space you can enjoy year round.