Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pollinator Habitats | Hummingbirds


Shades of red dominate, flame acanthus, turks cap.....

Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus
 (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)

Here are a few plant selections for hardiness zones 7 and 8.

Table 1:  Plants to attract Hummingbirds

It is difficult to find sunny locations in my backyard. Abundant native oaks and shade from the house and fence reduce the area I have to plant sun loving plants. On the west side of the house I have planted an area of red trumpets next to my herb garden.

Turk's cap (Malvaviscus drummondii)

Batface Cuphea

Cuphea Cigar Plant

Cypress Vine, Star Glory, Hummingbird Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)

Habit: Annuals, Vine
Zones 5-11
Height: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Pink, Red, White/Near White
Bloom Time: warm season
Foliage: Lace-textured, Smooth-textured
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and birds
Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements:  6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Texas sage


Grassroots Horticulture