How to attract hummingbirds

There are about 20 species of hummingbird in the United States, and like hummingbirds everywhere, these birds are truly impressive. They can fly on average about 27 mph, but as fast as 50mph; their wings beat 70-80 times per second. Hummingbirds like moving water sources, such as waterfalls and fountains and misters.They also need a sunny area with many convenient perching opportunities. Hummingbirds have almost no sense of smell, so they are not attracted to certain flowers by a fragrance. Rather, hummingbirds rely on flowers with high visibility and nectar. Below are some of a hummingbird's favorite plants:

Trees and Shrubs:

  • Azalea
  • Buddleia
  • Cape Honey Suckle
  • Flame Acanthus
  • Flowering Quince
  • Lantana
  • Manzanita
  • Mimosa
  • Red Buckeye
  • Tree Tobacco
  • Tulip Poplar
  • Shrub Verbena


  • Coral Honeysuckle
  • Cypress Vine
  • Morning GLory
  • Trumpet Creeper


  • Bee Balm
  • Canna
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Columbine
  • Foxglove
  • Hosata
  • Agastache
  • Lupine
  • Penstemon
  • Yucca
  • Hollyhocks
  • Firespoke
  • Fuchsia
  • Immpatiens
  • Petunia
  • Salvia