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Hummingbird Flowers – The Best 18 Plant Families for Natural Nectar

This is Nature’s way. Keep something in bloom continuously during the time hummingbirds are expected in your area. Native plants are a good place to start, but don’t limit yourself. Much effort has gone into developing flowers that hummers love!

Hummingbird favorites usually but not always have long, tubular blossoms that are red, orange, yellow or blue, especially blue Salvia species; the shape limits insect access to the nectar inside. Hummers like blossoms with lots of concentrated nectar, preferring sucrose.

We’ve listed some of the best plant families for “natural nectar” below

Photo Family (Click on the Name to view flower details) Common Names
Abutilon
  1. Chinese Bell Flower
  2. Chinese Lantern
  3. Indian Mallow
  4. Flowering Maple
Agastache
  1. Cusick’s Giant Hyssop
  2. Hummingbird Mint
  3. Threadleaf Hyssop
Aloe
  1. Aloe Vera
Aquilegia
  1. Sierra Columbine
  2. Crimson Columbine
  3. Fragrant Columbine
Caesalpinia
  1. Bird of Paradise
  2. Broadpad Nicker
  3. Yellow Peacock
Chilopsis
  1. Desert Willow
Lobelia
  1. Indian Tobacco
  2. Fool’s Bane
  3. Vomitwort
Lonicera
  1. Honeysuckle
Monarda
  1. Bee Balm
  2. Oswego Tea
  3. Bergamot
Tecoma 
  1. Yellow Trumpetbush
Anisacanthus
  1. Desert Honeysuckle
  2. Flame Anisacanthus
Callistemon
  1. Crimson Bottlebrush
  2. Weeping Bottlebrush
  3. Red Bottlebrush
Fuchsia
  1. Fuchsia
Hamelia
  1. Firebush
Justicia
  1. Water Willow
  2. Shrimp Plant
Kniphofia
  1. Red Hot Poker
  2. Torch Lily
  3. Knofflers
Penstemon
  1. Beard-Tongue
Salvia
  1. Sage