Plants for Hummingbirds

Hummingbird at pride of Barbados.

Tips for creating an inviting hummingbird habitat:

  • Maintain clean consistent food and water sources.
  • Water in bird baths must be shallow – average bird baths are too deep for hummingbirds – and moving water is much more attractive to them
  • Stagger bloom times to supply a constant nectar source.
  • Plant a variety of nectar plants at different heights
  • Plant in blocks of color
  • Mature trees provide shelter and perching areas, and shrubs give cover and secluded nesting sites
  • Hummingbirds eat insects as well as drinking nectar so providing habitat with a diversity of insects will give them more food
Standing Cypress - Ipomopsis rubra
Firebush - Hamelia patens
Coral Honeysuckle - Lonicera sempervirens

Trees

Anacacho Orchid Tree
Desert Willow
Yellow Bird of Paradise

Vines

Coral Honeysuckle
Cross Vine
Cypress Vine
Morning Glory

Shrubs

Barbados Cherry
Bottle Brush
Coral Berry
Abelia
Hibiscus
Caryopteris
Buddleia

Perennials/Annuals

Bee Balm
Butterfly Bush
Cigar Plant
Coral Bean
Firecracker Fern
Firebush
Flame Acanthus
Pentas
Mexican Oregano
Red Yucca
Autumn Sage
Pineapple Sage
Tropical Sage
Standing Cypress

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

1 part sugar: 4 parts water
Bring water to boil, stir in sugar, and maintain boil for 2-3 minutes to help delay fermentation.
Allow to cool.

Store remainder in refrigerator for up to 7 days.  Nectar must be discarded if it becomes cloud or visible fungal growth is present.  Please note:  white cane sugar and filtered water are the only ingredients that should be used.  Preservatives and food coloring are not necessary and can be toxic to hummingbirds!  Clean feeders with soap and hot water and rinse thoroughly every 2-3 days.