Flowers and Plants for Hummingbirds

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Here's a list of wildflowers hummingbirds like

Do you have trouble remembering what kinds of flowers hummingbirds like? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's a full list. Find a specific flower by typing the name in the search box.

This will give you a general idea of which flowers to plant in your area. It's also a good idea to check with your local gardening store or horticulturist because they can recommend a specific plant that will thrive in your backyard. To get started, all you need to know to use this chart is on which side of the US you live.


Eastern WildflowersWestern Wildflowers
Bee balmArizona trumpet
Canada lilyBee balms
Cardinal flowerBleeding hearts
Cross vineCalico bush
Fire pinkCalifornia figwort
FireweedCalifornia Indian pink
Indian paintbrushCardinal flower
Indian pinkColumbines
Pale jewelweedCoral bean
Purple bergamotCoral gilia
Red irisDesert lantana
Red morning gloryDesert trumpet
Red turtleheadDevil's bouquet
Scarlet lychnisGrand collomia
Smooth phloxLady Bird's centaury
Spotted jewelweedLilies
Texas plumeMexican pink
Trumpet honeysuckleMonkey flowers
Trumpet vineMountain centaury
Wild columbineRed figwort
Wild sweet williamRed fireweeds
Wood lilyRed paintbrushes
Red penstemons
Red Phlox
Rock gilia
Scarlet betony
Scarlet creeper
Scarlet delphinium
Scarlet sages
Snow plant
Texas mallow
Tiny trumpet

You may already be familiar with some of these flowers. In that case, you probably noticed a pattern. Hummingbirds like trumpet-shaped flowers. Their bodies have evolved to take nectar from trumpet-shaped flowers.

Their beaks are the perfect depth to reach into the deep flowers and reach the nectar that other birds, bees and wasps can’t reach. This works out better for hummingbirds because it’s a guarantee there will be food left for them. Only once they run out of nectar from those elongated flowers do they retrieve nectar from other types of flowers, specifically non-trumpet-shaped ones.

Herbaceous PlantsShrubsVines
Bee balmsAbeliaCypress vine
BegoniasAzaleasHoneysuckle
Blazing starsBearberryMorning glories
Bleeding heartsBeauty bushScarlet runner bean
Butterfly-weedBeloperoneTrumpet vine
CannaButterfly bushTrumpet honeysuckle
Cardinal flowerCape honeysuckle
Carpet bugleCurrant
Century plantFlowering quince
ColumbinesGooseberry
Coral-bellsHardy fuchsia
DahliaHibiscus
Dame's rocketHoneysuckles
DelphiniumsJasmines
Fire pinkScarlet bush
Flowering tobaccoWeigelas
Four-o'-clock
Foxgloves
Fuchsias
Gilias
Geraniums
Gladiolus
Hollyhocks
Impatiens
Lantana
Lilies
Lupines
Nasturtium
Paintbrushes
Penstemons
Petunias
Phlox
Red-hot poker
Scabiouses
Scarlet sage
Spider flower
Sweet william
Verbenas
Yuccas
Zinnias

When you’re out shopping for flowers to start or expand your hummingbird flower selection, you may not have access to this handy list. In that case, you can’t go wrong with the trumpet-shaped flowers. Happy Birding!

Stokes, Donald and Lillian. Stokes Bird Gardening Book: The Complete Guide to Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat in Your Backyard. Little, Brown and Company, 1998. p. 32-34.



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