About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Common Hummingbird flowers

Just a few of the flowers that hummingbirds like are:
1.Bleeding heart, 2.Campanula, 3.Cardinal Flower, 4.Columbine, 5.Coral Bells, 6.Daylily, 7.Delphinium, 8.Foxglove, 9.Fuchsia, 10.Hollyhocks, 11.Hosta, 12.Honeysuckle, 13.Larkspur, 14. Lilac, 15. Lobelia, 16. Mint, 17.Milkweed, 18.Monarda, 19.Morning Glory, 20.Obedient plant, 21.Sage, 22.Salvia, 23.Silene, 24.Snapdragon, 25.Trumpet Vines

Hummingbirds forage for protein packed insects and quick energy from flower nectar. A hummingbird may visit 2,000 flowers in one day in search of nectar. They must eat several times their weight in nectar daily to stay alive.

To learn more fun facts about hummingbirds visit www.audubon.org/features/celebrate-hummingbirds
  • Fill your yard with native flowering plants, vines, shrubs, and trees. Check out the native plants database. Even one plant in a window box or hanging basket can help. 
  • Grow native plants which provide much more nectar than hybrids and exotics.
  • Plant native red or orange tubular flowers to attract hummingbirds, in addition to native plants rich in nectar.
  • Group similar plants together and choose species with different blooming periods so that there will be a steady supply of flowers nearly year round.
  • Leave some sticks and small branches on bushes and trees to enable ready perches for hummingbirds.
  • Minimize or eliminate the use of pesticides in your yard.
  • Encourage your neighbors to make their yards hummingbird friendly. An entire corridor of habitat is much more valuable than scattered patches.

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