If you had to pick?

marilyn_fl(zone 9 Florida)April 13, 2008

If you had to pick one plant to attract hummers what would that plant be? I am looking to use plants to attract the hummers instead of using feeders. I have had a major ant problem in the past, and that's why I have decided not to use feeders.

Thanks,

Marilyn

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christy2828(8a)

IF I had to pick one, I guess I'd say Bee Balm. My Jack Russel knocks the stems over every year, and I've seen hummers on the ground drinking out of the flowers. Christy :)

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 8:09PM
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mindysuewho

Coral honeysuckle vine. They come right up on our deck to get the flowers.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 10:27PM
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zebz(7-8)

They love cypress and cardinal vine here. I'm calling these "one" plant because I grow them on the same trellis. :)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 9:32AM
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costaricafinca

I would say the purple portersweed.
My 7 species of hummers, favourite!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 11:04AM
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suzzque(7)

Be awfully difficult to pick one. Here in North Texas in my yard, the hummers love (not in any order & probably leaving out many others):

Desert Willow
Rose of Sharon (Althea)
Lantana
Petunia
Vitex
Daylillies
Abelia
Mexican Sage
Trumpet Vine
Pomegranate (maybe my overall favorite for them & me)

In Florida, you have all those wonderful tropical choices, don't you?

Regards,
Janice

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 11:09AM
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lucygreenthumb

First choice would be "Walker's Low Catmint (Nepeta). It's a lavender blue color - sometimes called poor man's lavender - tho it doesn't have the lavender scent.

The hummers love it despite the color and it's a tough-as-nails, drought resisitant perennial that will bloom almost frost to frost if dead-headed.

2nd choice russian sage - another wrong color hummer fav with alot of the same qualities as the nepeta - only taller with a July to frost bloom period.

3rd choice coral honeysuckle, either Dropmore scarlet or Alabama crimson - wonderful vines with good repeat bloom that don't take up too much space.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 1:15PM
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susanlynne48(OKC7a)

My hummers love:

Passiflora ceurulea (Blue Crown)
Salvia 'Black and Blue'
Red and White Cypress Vine
Honeysuckle (yellow)

I bought a Cape Fuchsia (red blooming; Iochroma) this year to try and see how they would like that, too.

I've noticed also that they like to have tall sticks and flower stalks to perch on.

Susan

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 3:34PM
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ankraras(8/9AZ)

I would choose Ocotillo, they are blooming as we speak. Very lovely and the hummers seam to really stay on the flowers and later return for more.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 10:15PM
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marilyn_fl(zone 9 Florida)

Thanks everyone for your replies. Right now I have a coral honeysuckle vine (just planted), and a couple of firespike plants. My firespike was blooming in Oct & Nov and hasn't bloomed since. So I am trying to find something that will bloom longer.I had one little hummer that was visiting until the firespike quit blooming. I know that the hummers are suppose to stay in FL until sometime in March. Hopefully I will have more things blooming by their next visit.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 7:22AM
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birding_nut(6)

For the hummers in my Washington garden, the plant hit the most is Penstemon barbatus. Second would be Agastache 'Acupulco Salmon and Pink'.

BN

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 12:11PM
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yardenman(z7 MD)

I need to grow some of the flowers mentioned above. But here, they really love my butterfly bushes (buddleia). When they aren't at my nectar feeders, that's where they are!

A 6' buddleia active with butterfies, hummers, and hummingbird moths (sphynx moths?) is a wonderful sight!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 3:36PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

I have tried a lot of recommended plants including salvia, agastache, honeysuckle, buddleia and others.

Monarda Jacob Cline was the most attractive by far. Black and Blue Salvia was also very attractive.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 12:07PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

Pentas! Hummingbirds can't get enough of them. I grew them as perennials down in Florida...here they have to be annuals.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pentas

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 2:27PM
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irisheyesaresmilin(02814RI)

Petunias or Buddalia (Butterfly Bush)
Maybe the petunia would be preferred- only because of it's season long bloom......

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 9:11PM
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rick32817

Mine go after shrimp plants and firespike, red salvia and
petunias are favorites also

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 12:44AM
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bulldogsnbutterflies(10s.fla)

firebush, always in bloom, berries for other birds, and a host plant for a sphynx moth.also not bad to look at and very easy to grow.second choice is red powder puff.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 6:07PM
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