Hummingbird PlantsPlants that Attract Hummingbirds

When designing your hummingbird habitat there are many options for beautiful plants that will attract hummingbirds.  Some of these options include a hummingbird bush such as the Parry's Penstemon or a hummingbird vine.All of the plants that attract hummingbirds produce beautiful hummingbird flowers throughout the year. In addition to selecting the right plants, you will also need a hummingbird feeder. 
Ocotillo flowers
When selecting a location for your hummingbird bush, keep in mind that these plants do best in areas with full sun and well-drained soil, though some varieties will do well in filtered shade. No matter what you choose to add to your hummingbird habitat, you will enjoy beautiful and vibrant foliage throughout the year.

Hummingbird Plants Facts:

  • Type: Perennials
  • Height: 4 – 6 feet for most varieties
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Fall
  • Sun-Shade: Full Sun
  • Soil Condition: Well-drained soil
  • Maintenance:  Low maintenance

Hummingbird Plant VarietiesHummingbird Plants:

  • Arizona Honeysuckle (a) Lonicera arizonica – This hummingbird bush offers beautiful foliage and vibrant red flowers that are elongated and exceptional at attracting hummingbirds.  Native to Arizona, this perennial grows up to 4 ft. to 6 ft. tall and flowers June to July.

  • Chuparosa (b) Justicia californica – Native to Arizona, Chuparosa grows to 4 ft. wide and tall.  Its gray-green branches and red, tubular shaped flowers are stunning to hummingbirds and people alike, blooming in the spring and fall.

  • Desert Willow (c) Chilopsis linearis – Is drought tolerant, loves full sun, and well-drained soil.  Desert Willow can grow to 30 ft. high and wide if cared for properly.  It offers large, fragrant flowers that bloom spring to fall attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

  • Fairy Duster (d) Calliandra species – This drought tolerant plant requires very little including fertilizer.  In fact, it’s best if you don’t fertilize at all.  Fairy Dusters love full sun and offer showy red clusters for blooms.  They can grow 4 ft. to 6 ft. tall and wide.

  • Firecracker Penstemon (e) Penstemon speciesThis drought tolerant hummingbird bush loves the sun and is as stunning as its name implies.  It grows to 5 ft. high and 2 ft. wide.  Large, fragrant, light pink to white flowers, appear in spring or summer. Penstemon prefer well drained, poor soil. Avoid fertilizer and mulching.

  • Mexican Honeysuckle (f) Justicia spicigera – Native to Mexico, this hummingbird favorite is low maintenance, provides showy bright orange blooms that can bloom year round.  Prefers sun but does well with filtered shade.

  • Ocotillo (g) Fourquieria splendens – Ocotillo’s grow as a large shrub with long cane-like spiny stems. The most recognizable in the desert, it offers tubular hummingbird flowers that grow from the end of the stems and bloom from March through June. Ocotillo’s prefer rocky and well-drained soil and if properly cared for can live for over 60 years.

  • Parry’s Agaves (h) Agave parryi – Much like the American Agave, it’s an incredibly tough and slow growing plant. It grows to just under 2ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. Drought tolerant, the Parry’s Agave prefers dry or moist soil and thrives in full sun. The flowers of the Parry’s Agave are lovely and fragrant and attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

  • Parry’s Penstemon (i) Penstemon species – Very similar to the Firecracker Penstemon.

  • Red Yucca (j) Hesperaloe parviflora – Simply irresistible to hummingbirds, Red Yucca, while not truly a Yucca, is a versatile plant that offers wispy grass-like texture and lovely red blooms that last from May through September.

At SummerWinds Nursery, our knowledgeable staff can help you select the best plants to make the most of your hummingbird habitat. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service, our knowledgeable staff and the highest quality plants.  With the right guide, you will have a thriving hummingbird oasis in no time at all!

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