The best wildflowers to attract hummingbirds

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It’s no secret here at Keystone Wildflower that we love hummingbirds. There is something magical about watching the tiny, dramatic creatures hover and flit about from plant to plant dressed in magnificent, iridescent plumage.

Hummingbirds prefer native plant nectar with high sugar content. Usually, the plants pollinated by hummingbirds produce flowers in shades of red, orange and bright pink, but hummingbirds accept nectar from all ranges of colored plants. So, which native plants are the best to attract hummingbirds? We compiled a short list of a few of our favorites:

  1. Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis
  2. Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis
  3. Bradbury Monarda/Bee Balm – Monarda bradburiana
  4. Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
  5. Eastern Blazing Star – Liatris scariosa
  6. Foxglove Beardtongue – Penstemon digitalis
  7. Great Blue Lobelia – Lobelia siphilitica
  8. Indian Pink – Spigelia marilandica
  9. Marsh Blazing Star – Liatris spicata
  10. Monkey Flower – Mimulus ringens
  11. Northern Blue Flag Iris – Iris versicolor
  12. Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea
  13. Turtlehead – Chelone glabra
  14. Wild Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa
  15. Wild Lupine – Lupinus perennis
  16. Wild Petunia – Ruella humilis