Plant These Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds All Season Long

It doesn’t take big fancy blooms to attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Anna’s Hummingbird and other species actually love lots of little flowers that are tubular in shape, loosely clustered, and full of nectar.

If you want to turn your yard into a pollinator paradise, plant a mix of these hummingbird-friendly flowers.

1. Columbine (genus Aquilegia)

Although columbines in general tick all the boxes for hummingbirds, the one species they’ll go crazy for every time is the eastern red columbine, scientifically known as Aquilegia canadensis.

2. Prickly pear cactus (genus Opuntia)

Belonging to the genus Opuntia, prickly pears are easy to find at your local garden center and bloom abundantly on a yearly basis. They’re an excellent choice if you like both pretty flowers and hummingbirds.

3. Indian paintbrush (genus Castilleja)

Plants of the genus Castilleja, better known as the Indian paintbrushes, are hummingbird magnets. They evolved to be pollinated specifically by our feathered friends, attracting them with their bright flowers and plentiful nectar production.

4. Larkspur (genus Delphinium)

There are lots of different larkspur species to choose from. If you’re specifically looking for plants that attract hummingbirds, go for ones that don’t have overly dense flower spikes rather than the super-showy hybrids.

5. Honeysuckle (genus Lonicera)

Honeysuckle is not too hard to grow. It likes plenty of sun and well-draining soil, and it doesn’t require much water to thrive. You do need to provide some support for the vining varieties, such as coral honeysuckle.

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