12 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are truly beautiful animals that fill the garden with joy and beauty.

Many flowers help attract hummingbirds to our garden, but some flowers work more than others to attract these flying wonders.

Here you will find the list.

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1. Bergamot

Bergamot or Citrus × bergamia is a shrub that reaches about 4 m in height directly in the garden and 3 m in pots.

The branches are full of large, elongated leaves, which are slightly serrated.

Bergamot flowers are arranged at the end of the branches, they are large, with 5 pure white petals, and sometimes they have a pleasant fragrance.

2. Lobelia Cardinalis “Cardinal flower”

Lobelia Cardinalis is a flowering plant, which is native to America. It is characterized by having a foliage full of purple hues and by having cardinal red flowers.

The flowering of this plant is late, begins in August and lasts until autumn.

3. Heliconias “Lobster-claws”

Heliconias is a genus of brightly colored plants; it is also a plant that will help you attract hummingbirds to your garden.

They are long-lived plants that can live for about 20 years and reach 4 meters in height; they are bright green and leathery. 

Heliconias flowers appear in groups of 8 and are usually red and yellow.

4. Duranta erecta

Duranta is a genus of flowering plants, which belongs to the Verbenaceae family. This genus includes shrubs and small trees endemic to America.

They are quite branched evergreen shrubs, which reach 6 meters in height. Its leaves are opposite, with an elliptical shape and an intense green color.

The flowers can be white, blue, lilac, or purple, and bloom in spring and summer. 

5. Calendula flowers

Calendula is a fairly aromatic herbaceous plant with an annual or perennial cycle, depending on the climate.

The stem grows horizontal, reaching a height of 20 to 55 cm and the leaves are 7 to 14 cm long and 1 to 4 cm wide.

Calendula flowers sprout during spring and summer and can last until autumn if the weather is mild; they are grouped in inflorescences 3 to 5 cm wide and orange-yellow in color.

6. Agapanthus “Lily of the Nile”

Agapanthus is a herbaceous, perennial plant with very fleshy roots.

The leaves are born from a short stem, green. This stem is 30 to 50 cm long.

The petals of the flowers are blue or white depending on the variety of Agapanthus. Each of these flowers is hermaphroditic and actinomorphic, measuring 2 to 5 cm in diameter.

7. Verbena Hybrida “Garden verbena”

The leaves of this beautiful plant are oblong-lanceolate with an irregularly serrated edge.

The most beautiful thing about Verbena are its small flowers, which are gathered in flat umbels of various colors: red, blue, pink, purple, etc. They bloom in summer.

8. Begonia

Begonias are plants that come in a wide variety of colors: yellow, pink, salmon, red, and white. There are three groups of Begonias: Perennials, tuberous, and semperflorens; these are the best to attract hummingbirds.

Flowering begonias are generally annual plants.

In order for this plant to grow properly, it requires fertile, loose soil with good drainage.

9. Lupine

The lupine is a plant with very decorative leaves which have leaflets that form a perfect circle. The leaves are about 20 cm in diameter and are green.

This plant is native to America and Asia. It develops erect, robust and somewhat woody stems that measure from 50 cm to 200 cm (2 m) in height.

Its flowers are grouped in long and very pretty inflorescences, lilac, white, deep blue or pink.

10. Petunia

Petunias are herbaceous plants, with an almost creeping bearing with hairy stems, which reach a maximum of 50 cm high. Its leaves are alternate and have a rounded or elongated shape.

The flowers have trumpet-shaped and can be found in a wide variety of colors: white, pink, purple, fuchsia, red. Flowering occurs from mid-spring to mid-autumn.

11. Strelitzia reginae “Bird of paradise flower”

Strelitzia reginae, commonly known as Bird of Paradise or Bird Flower, is a plant native to South Africa.

It is a perennial herbaceous plant with large, gray-green leaves, which reaches a maximum height of 1.5 meters, but has a slow growth rate, especially when it is young.

Flowering occurs from spring to summer.

12. Zinnias

Zinnias are annual or seasonal herbaceous plants that can be grown both in pots and in gardens.

Its leaves are oval in shape, with a marked central vein, and dark green. 

Its flowers bloom from the beginning of summer to fall.

It is best to have this plant outside, in full sun or semi-shade.