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Posted by kevabear zone 9 (My Page) on
Mon, May 3, 10 at 7:48

Hello, I have been searching our area for a firebush. I have heard they are a great plant for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. So far I have had no luck. I've checked ebay, but can find only seeds. Wondering if they can be started from a cutting, and if so, does anyone here have any available. I of course would be willing to pay for it.

And since you're here....What other types of plants attract humming birds?

Thanks, Laurie

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RE: Firebush

How about trumpet vine?? The hummers LOVE my delphinium. I'm in search of Red Caroline, but I'm not sure I want to pay $30 for one plant.

RE: Firebush

In zone 9 there are quite a few hummer attractors. Lantana, cardinal climbers, larkspur (in the cool season), Mexican cigar plant, about every kind of salvia except salvia splendens varieties, cardinal flower (in moist, shady spot), crocosmia, butterfly bush (buddleia), beebalm, and that's just to name a few.

RE: Firebush

Wow, Thank you so much! Have written all those down and am planning a trip to our local nursery today! I can almost feel that dirt under my fingernails as we speak!

RE: Firebush

I don't know where in zone 9 you are, but there are lot's of great places to find hummingbird and butterfly plants. I found some firebush at Lowe's today. Some of the plants that I have been seeing my hummingbirds go to are: mexican sage, powderpuff, bottlebrush tree, candy corn, cigar plant, salvia. I have only seen them so far at my flowers, none at my feeders. I hope you have great luck!

RE: Firebush

I've seen Firebush at Lowes. We have lots of hummingbirds here in Brooksville. The plants we have to attract them are: Red Salvia, Coral Honeysuckle, Coral Vine, Bleeding Heart, Texas Sage, Bottlebrush, Lantana, Firecracker Plant, Zinnias, Mexican Petunia, Blue Lilly of the Nile. I stopped using the store-bought nectar feeders, too many ants, wasps, bees, heat. A lot of these same plants also attract butterflies.

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