Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

Last edited May 16, 2003

From National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Tiny, iridescent hummingbirds can be an exciting addition to your backyard wildlife habitat. If hummingbirds live in your area, you can attract them by planting red, tubular flowers. There are many red-flowered plants to choose from. Over 160 native, North American plants depend exclusively on hummingbirds for pollination. Many of the red-flowered annuals, perennials, vines, and shrubs available from mail order sources or local garden centers have been developed from the native red-flowered plants of the western hemisphere.

Here is a list of some of the plants that most successfully attract hummingbirds:

  • Beebalm - Monarda
  • Cardinalflower - Lobelia cardinalis
  • Coralbells - Heuchera sanguinea
  • Cypressvine- Ipomoea quamoclit
  • Fire Pink - Silene virginica
  • Geigertree - Cordia
  • Red Buckeye - Aesculus pavia
  • Scarlet Morningglory - Ipomoea
  • Scarlet Paintbrush - Castilleja Scarlet Penstemon
  • Penstemon Scarlet Petunia - Ruelli
  • Scarlet Salvia - Cistus salviifolius
  • Scarletbush - Hamelia patens
  • Trumpet Creeper - Campsis radicans
  • Trumpet Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens