Here's a list of wildflowers hummingbirds likeDo 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 Wildflowers||Western Wildflowers|
|Bee balm||Arizona trumpet|
|Canada lily||Bee balms|
|Cardinal flower||Bleeding hearts|
|Cross vine||Calico bush|
|Fire pink||California figwort|
|Fireweed||California Indian pink|
|Indian paintbrush||Cardinal flower|
|Pale jewelweed||Coral bean|
|Purple bergamot||Coral gilia|
|Red iris||Desert lantana|
|Red morning glory||Desert trumpet|
|Red turtlehead||Devil's bouquet|
|Scarlet lychnis||Grand collomia|
|Smooth phlox||Lady Bird's centaury|
|Texas plume||Mexican pink|
|Trumpet honeysuckle||Monkey flowers|
|Trumpet vine||Mountain centaury|
|Wild columbine||Red figwort|
|Wild sweet william||Red fireweeds|
|Wood lily||Red paintbrushes|
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.
|Bee balms||Abelia||Cypress vine|
|Blazing stars||Bearberry||Morning glories|
|Bleeding hearts||Beauty bush||Scarlet runner bean|
|Canna||Butterfly bush||Trumpet honeysuckle|
|Cardinal flower||Cape honeysuckle|
|Century plant||Flowering quince|
|Fire pink||Scarlet bush|
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.