Plantings For Hummingbirds #1

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1. What's the best native plant for attracting Ruby-throated Hummingbirds?

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Although it is held in disdain by some gardeners who consider it a common weed, the native Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans) vine is a "hummingbird magnet." It grows naturally throughout most of the summer range of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (A. colubris). and is almost guaranteed to attract hummers. The plant, which is a semi-woody perennial vine, puts out clusters of large tubular orange flowers from new growth. In the photo at left, the bat-like creature hanging beneath the bottom flower is a young hummingbird figuring out how to get nectar from a Trumpet Creeper blossom.

See also Attracting Hummingbirds.

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