101 Hummingbird Flowers To Attract Pollinating Birds To Your Garden

Hummingbird flowers are any type of beautiful blooms that attract hummingbirds to your garden! Here are the top five hummingbird flowers for North American gardens:

  • Trumpet Vine
  • Columbine
  • Honeysuckle
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Bee Balm

While these five flowers are hummingbird hits, there are plenty of other types of flowers they can draw nectar from and pollinate. Read on to see the full list of flowers for hummingbirds!

Tropical Hibiscus - Pink with Yellow Pollen

List of Hummingbird Flowers

Here are some of the lovely flowers that hummingbirds feed on to get the delicious floral nectar they depend on:

  1. Aloe (Aloe Vera, Gold Tooth Aloe)
  2. Arbutus Trees (Strawberry Trees, Madrone Trees)
  3. American Tiger Lily (Turk’s Cap Lily, Lily Royal, Swamp Lily)
  4. Apple Tree
  5. Asiatic Lily (Red Velvet, Red Tiger Lily)
  6. Azalea
  7. Bee Balm (Scarlet Bee Balm, Oswego Tea, Wild Bergamot) *TOP HUMMINGBIRD FLOWER*Native Bee Balm Plant (Monarda fistulosa), Wild Bee Balm/Oswego Tea Seeds (Organic, Native Plant)
  8. Begonia
  9. Betony (Hedgenettle, Bishop’s Wort)
  10. Blazing Star
  11. Blackberry
  12. Bleeding Heart
  13. Blueberry
  14. Bottlebrush (Callistemon)
  15. Bouvardia
  16. Butterfly Bush
  17. Cactus (Scarlet Hedgehog, Desert Rose)
  18. Calamints
  19. Campion (Red Campion, Red Catchfly, Royal Catchfly)
  20. Canna Lily
  21. Catmint (Catnip)
  22. Centropogon (genus)
  23. Century Plant (American Agave, Sentry Plant)
  24. Cherry Tree
  25. Chokecherry Bush
  26. Chuparosa (Hummingbird Bush, Beloperone)
  27. Clematis (Red Cardinal)
  28. Clover (Red Clover)
  29. Columbine (Red Columbine, Scarlet Columbine) *TOP HUMMINGBIRD FLOWER*Native Wild Columbine Plant (Aquilegia canadensis)
  30. Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  31. Coral Honeysuckle (Trumpet Honeysuckle, Scarlet Honeysuckle)
  32. Coralberry
  33. Crabapple
  34. Crossvine
  35. Cuphea (Cigar Plant)
  36. Cypress Vine (Cardinal Climber) – Cardinal Climber Vine Seeds (Heirloom)
  37. Daylily – Strawberry Candy Daylily
  38. Delphinium (Larkspur)
  39. Desert Lavender
  40. Desert Willow
  41. Dianthus (Clove Pink, Carnation)
  42. Dogwood
  43. Eucalyptus (Gum Tree)
  44. Fire Bush (Scarlet Bush, Hummingbird Bush)
  45. Fire Pink
  46. Fireweed
  47. Foxglove – Gloxiniiflora Blend Foxglove Seeds (Heirloom)
  48. Fuchsia
  49. Geiger Tree
  50. Geranium
  51. Gladiolus
  52. Gooseberry
  53. Hawthorn (Quickthorn, Thornapple, May Tree)
  54. Heliconia (Lobster-Claws)
  55. Hibiscus (Rose Mallow, Tropical Hibiscus)
  56. Hollyhock
  57. Honeysuckle (prefer natives such as Twinberry Honeysuckle, Orange Honeysuckle) *TOP HUMMINGBIRD FLOWER*Native Dwarf Honeysuckle Plant (Diervilla lonicera), Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle Vine, Goldflame Honeysuckle Vine
  58. Huckleberry
  59. Hummingbird Trumpet (California Fuchsia, Firechalice)
  60. Hyssop
  61. Impatiens (Jewelweed, Touch-Me-Not)
  62. Indian Paintbrush (Prarie Fire, Scarlet Paintbrush)
  63. Iris
  64. Jacobina (Justicia, Brazilian Plume, Flamingo Flower)
  65. Japanese Quince (Maule’s Quince)
  66. Lantana
  67. Lilac
  68. Lion’s Ear (Lion’s Tail, Wild Dagga)
  69. Lobelia
  70. Lupine
  71. Manzanita
  72. Mexican Sunflower (Tree Marigold)
  73. Mimosa (Sleepy Plant, Shy Plant)
  74. Mountain Pennyroyal
  75. Nasturtium – Mahogany Red Nasturtium Seeds
  76. Ocotillo
  77. Pear Tree
  78. Penstemon (Scarlet Penstemon, Beardtongue) – Dazzler Blend Penstemon Seeds
  79. Petunia (Red, Scarlet)
  80. Phlox (Red and Pink Types)
  81. Pink Jasmine
  82. Red Buckeye (Firecracker Plant)
  83. Red Cardinal Flower (Native Lobelia) *TOP HUMMINGBIRD FLOWER*
  84. Red-Hot Poker (Torch Lily)
  85. Red-Flowering Currant
  86. Redbud Tree
  87. Rhododendron
  88. Rose of Sharon (Shrub Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus)
  89. Salmonberry
  90. Salvia (Red Salvia, Scarlet Sage, Scarlet Salvia, Pineapple Sage, Pitcher Sage)
  91. Scarlet Gilia (Scarlet Trumpet, Skyrocket)
  92. Scarlet Morning Glory (Scarlet Creeper)
  93. Scarlet Runner Bean – Scarlet Emperor Pole Runner Bean Seeds
  94. Serviceberry (Juneberry, Saskatoon Berry)
  95. Shrimp Plant
  96. Snapdragon
  97. Spider Flower (Cleome) – Fountain Blend Cleome/Spider Flower Seeds (Organic, Heirloom)
  98. Thistle (native, such as Western Thistle)
  99. Tobacco Tree (Wild Tobacco)
  100. Trumpet Creeper (Trumpet Vine) *TOP HUMMINGBIRD FLOWER*Trumpet Creeper Vine (Campsis radicans)
  101. Verbena (Vervain)
  102. Violet (Viola, Wild Pansy)
  103. Weigelia
  104. Yucca (Desert Candle)
  105. Zinnia (Benary’s Giant Deep Red)

Ok – So I couldn’t keep the list down to 101 flowers for hummingbirds! It’s too hard to choose…

“An item to remember when selecting flowers for hummers is that most cultivated hybrids, which include many garden flowers, usually produce significantly less nectar than non-hybrids. Also, an assortment of flowers with staggered blossoming will give the birds a longer time to feed “in the wild.”

Hummingbirds of North America: Attracting, Feeding, and PhotographingOpens in a new tab., by Dan TrueOpens in a new tab.
Red Bee Balm for Hummingbirds - Jacob Cline
Bee Balm (Monarda) “Jacob Cline” is a hummingbird favourite due to its bright red tubular flowers that seem to bloom all summer long!
Hummingbird flower Vermillionaire by Proven Winners
Hummingbirds love Cupheas! This is the popular hybrid Cuphea ‘Vermillionaire®’, by Proven Winners.
Pink and Orange Honeysuckle Blossom

The Best Flowers For a Hummingbird Garden

So which of these hummingbird flowers are the best ones to plant in your hummingbird garden? While all the flowers listed above can attract hummingbirds, there are a few that hummers tend to find irresistible. They are all red-coloured tubular flowers that are native to North America.

As mentioned in the first section, here are the top 5 hummingbird flowers:

These flowers have been observed to be favourites of hummers! Do you have any of these hummingbird hits in your yard?

You can also buy blends of seeds that have been put together specifically for hummingbird gardens. Check out this hummingbird flower seed mix: Hummingbird Haven Flower Mix Seeds

Honeysuckle are a Favorite Flower for Hummingbirds

“Certain plant families are particularly important for hummingbirds, some of the most notable being the Heliconiaceae, Bromeliaceae, Ericaceae, Rubiaceae, Acanthaceae, and Gesneriaceae. These flowers are ornithophilous, or bird-loving, and exhibit clear adaptations for pollination by hummingbirds. Most of them are either red, or have red bracts or leaves that advertise their presence, red being a color that is conspicuous to hummingbirds but not to most insect competitors.”

Hummingbirds: A Life-Size Guide to Every SpeciesOpens in a new tab., by Michael FogdenOpens in a new tab., Marianne TaylorOpens in a new tab., and Sheri L. WilliamsonOpens in a new tab.
My Canna Lilies are Attracting Hummingbirds This Year

Common Traits of Hummingbird Flowers in General

So what makes a good flower for a hummingbird? Hummingbirds like flowers with a certain amount of sugar, in safe areas, and that aren’t overrun by too many competing pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Common traits of hummingbird flowers include:

  • Red, bright pink, or dark orange
  • Tube-shaped (tubular corolla)
  • Low in fragrance and sugar
  • High volume of nectar
  • Bloom in the daytime
  • Have a long bloom duration

Long tubular flowers tend to contain the most nectar for hummingbirds, but tend to be scattered far apart. Shorter tubular flowers contain less nectar but often grow in groups, making nectar collection worth the extra visits. A trumpet vine or honeysuckle with lots of long flowers close together is a hummingbird’s dream!

“Hummingbird enthusiasts and experts agree that the color red is like a magnet to hummers, followed by bright pink and orange. Some research has shown that yellow is the next color of choice. However, we have found that quite a few purple, lavender, and blue nectar-producing plants are irresistible to these tiny birds-particularly some of the salvias.”

Enjoying Hummingbirds In the Wild & In Your YardOpens in a new tab., by Larry & Terrie Gates

So, what flowers are you hoping to grow in your garden to feed our pollinating hummingbirds? Do you supplement your flower garden’s natural nectar supply with hummingbird sugar-water feed? So much to think about. ..Time to get gardening!

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