There are numerous flowers that attract hummingbirds. As long as there is the sweet nectar they can feed off from the flower, it’s attractive to them. However, there are some flowers that catch their attention before others.
Mostly, when it comes to hummingbird flowers, you should keep an eye out for the ones that are vibrant and bright. Red-colored flowers are their particular favorite but that doesn’t mean the others fall behind. Let’s take a proper look at what flowers do hummingbirds like.
1 . Bleeding Hearts
When it comes to hummingbird and flowers, it seems they particularly like flowers with a poetic name. In this case, Bleeding Hearts is a flower where the bloom is heart-shaped. Usually, the color is either pink or white. It’s more of a cold climate flower and so when winter rolls around, and some hummingbirds still haven’t migrated south, this is one of the flowers they are quite happy to see.
2. Bee Balm
These spherically shaped blooms have spike-likee petals coming out of them. The deep pink shade that almost bleeds into red attracts not only hummingbirds but insects and butterflies too. In fact, it is quite easy to guess from the name the kind of crowd these flowers attract. After all, how many flowers can boast about being the balm for bees?
This is also a particularly tall plant and some can be about 4feets. If you want to attract hummingbirds to your backyard, the flowers would make sure to have the attention of the birds.
3. Butterfly Bush
As you can guess from the name, this flowering shrub manages to attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Small, pink, tiny petals form a thick, long cluster. Starting from the middle of summer through fall, these flowers keep on blooming at regular intervals.
Able to withstand drought and a lover of the sun, this plant can become a shelter for many bird species and butterflies.
If you grow it in your backyard, make sure to check with an expert. In some regions, the plant can be invasive and can take up a lot of space. However, one thing that is guaranteed with the flowers is that if a hummingbird spots it, they will keep coming back. And the thick cluster of flowers always demands attention.
There are so many flowers hummingbirds are attracted to; these are only a select few. If you plan on planting flowers that would keep hummingbirds coming into the backyard, it might be a good idea to check in with a local gardening expert before you make any decision. As much as it is fun to observe hummingbirds for a birder, flowers do require maintenance. Make sure you are prepared to deal with the work that gardening would follow.