[CT Birds] Flowers attracting hummingbirds

jayne.amico at cox.net jayne.amico at cox.net
Fri Jul 9 13:18:14 EDT 2010

CT Birders -

 Hummingbirds are attracted to a very wide variety of flowering plants, including vines, shrubs, trees and of course flowers.  There are certainly  red tubular plants designed specifically for hummingbird pollination but hummingbirds visit many, many different types of flowers, from tiny white catnip flowers to the large tubular trumpet creeper. 

Depending upon what is available at a location is really what will determine what and where the bird chooses. Some plants produce more nectar in each particular blossom  while another plant may have less nectar per blossom but large numbers of blossoms per plant to forage on. Also there are different concentrations of nectar, meaning some plants produce a higher sugar concentration  which means they are sweeter/stronger and other plants the sugar concentration can be more dilute. 

Immature birds will sample and explore everything from plants to seed feeders to other innate non food producing objects as they learn the ropes. Most adults have learned  what and where to forage.

Keep in mind that hummingbirds are really insectivores that fuel up at sugar water feeders and flowers for quick energy to go catch more bugs.

A few of my top picks for annuals are salvia guaranitica, salvia greggii, salvia coccinea, salvia miniata, and cuphea ignea.


Jayne Amico
Southington, CT

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