Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

Looking for flowers that attract hummingbirds?

While it’s fun placing feeders in your yard, at some point you’re going to want to add in the natural nectar only the correct flowers can provide these charming birds.

Blue Shed with Wisteria and Potted Plants and Flowers

I find there’s a special feeling of accomplishment when you realize you’re helping these zany little “buzzers” stay alive and well!

The funny thing, though, is you’ll discover how close they are to you and me when we’re talking eating habits.

Just like you may want to eat vegetables one day and pasta the next, hummingbirds will eat from one flower today and flock to another tomorrow.

That’s why it’s a good idea to plant a variety in your hummingbird garden.

Hummingbirds especially like the color red, although they’ll find nectar in any brightly colored flower. They enjoy feeding from tubular shaped flowers.

Hanging Flowers

Red Impatiens Hanging Pot
Red Fuchsia in Pot

An easy way to begin your journey is to use hanging baskets near your home. 

Quality choices are red Fuchsias and Petunias. Salvia and Impatiens work well, too.

Using a hook, you can easily mount a window or side basket filled with flowers .Hang on a pole. Or keep in container without hanging it at all.

As an extra attempt at attracting hummingbirds to your yard, try placing a feeder  near your hanging flowers.

Petunias in Hanging Pots

Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

  • Abelia

  • Abutilon   
    Common Names:
    Indian Mallow, Chinese Lantern, Flowering Maple

  • Asclepias Tuberosa   
    Common Name:
    Butterfly Weed

  • Agastache   
    Common Names:
    Sunset Hyssop, Threadleaf Hyssop, Hummingbird Mint

  • Althea       
    Common Name:

  • Anisacanthus   
    Common Names:
    Flame Anisacanthus, Desert Honeysuckle

  • Aquilegia   
    Common Names: Fragrant Columbine, Crimson Columbine, Sierra Columbine

  • Azalea
  • Bee Balm  Common Names:  Horsemint and Monarda. This is a hummingbird magnet! Watch above as Dave Epstein of Growing  gives you his own tips about this beautiful tall growing flower.
  • Begonia

  • Butterfly Bush

  • Catmint

  • Caesalpinia   
    Common Names: Broadpad Nicker, Bird of Paradise, Yellow Peacock

  • Centranthus Ruber   
    Common Name: Red Valerian

  • Chilopsis   
    Common Name: Desert Willow

  • Cleome

  • Dahlia

  • Dicliptera Suberecta

  • Digitalis   
    Common Name: Foxglove

  • Eupatorium   
    Common Name: Joe-Pye Weed

  • Fuchsia
Lilac Flower


Mock Orange Flower

Mock Orange

  • Gladiolus

  • Goldenrod

  • Hamilia    
    Common Name: Firebush

  • Hawthorne

  • Hesperis Matronalis

  • Heuchera Sanguinea    
    Common Name: Coral-Bells

  • Hibiscus
Red Hibiscus


Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Yellow Trumpet Bush

Yellow Trumpet Bush



Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

  • Hosta

  • Impatiens Balsamina

  • Ipomoea   
    Common Name: Morning Glory
  • Justicia       
    Common Names: Shrimp Plant, Water Willow

  • Kniphofia   
    Common Names: Torch Lily, Red Hot Poker

  • Lantana Camara   
    Common Name: Lantana

  • Liatris

  • Lilac

  • Lobelia   
    Common Names: Fool’s Bane, Indian Tobacco

  • Lonicera   
    Common Name: Honeysuckle

  • Lychnis Chalcedonica       
    Common Name: Maltese Cross
Shrimp plant & Rubythroated Hummingbird

Shrimp Plant & Ruby- throated Hummingbird

Zinnia Flower & Hummingbird

Zinnia Flower & Ruby- throated Hummingbird

  • Mirabilis Jalapa    
    Common Name: Four O’clock

  • Mock Orange

  • Nasturtium

  • Nicotiana   
    Common Name: Flowering Tobacco

  • Pelargonium   
    Common Name: Geranium

  • Penstemon   
    Common Name: Beardtongue

  • Perovskia Atriplicifolia   
    Common Name: Russian Sage

  • Petunia

  • Phlox

  • Physostegia
Wisteria Growing on Fence




  • Rose of Sharon

  • Salvia       
    Common Name: Sage

  • Stachys Coccinea

  • Sweet Pea

  • Tecoma   
    Common Name: Yellow Trumpetbush

  • Tithonia Torch

  • Veronica
  • Weigela
  • Wisteria

  • Yucca

  • Zauschneria

  • Zinnia

When you’re starting out with your garden and still learning, I encourage you to take the above list to your local nursery.

Ask about which flowers are native to your area. Which will grow best in your location?

The nursery in your town will be able to provide invaluable advice about flowers that attract hummingbirds so be sure to use them! 

Bottom line? Diversity is a must. Give your hummers a large selection to choose from. Plant flowers that bloom at varying times and you’ll enjoy a garden that’s a “buzz” of activity.

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