What vines and flowers will attract hummingbirds?

Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

A true joy of our Houston springtime is when hummingbirds visit our gardens. Nectar-producing tubular flowers allow the hummingbird’s long tongue to find food where bees can reach. For early springtime, the yellow-flowered vine, Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), is great for hummers that overwinter here. If you have a lot of space, allow the perennial vines, trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) and cross vine (Bignonia capreolata), to grow on fences or up sturdy trees and they will flower in the summer or spring and fall respectively. Annual red-blooming cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) is easy to grow and great for all summer. Perennial plants like the sages are good as well; pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) blooms red and is easy to grow, as is scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea), which comes in red, peach and white and will bloom year-round if there is a mild winter. Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a perennial with striking red flowers and maroon foliage that is on target for hummingbird migration in the fall. A beautiful, small native tree is the Texas buckeye (Aesculus pavia), which blooms in spring with flowers that glow with coral, peach and yellow hues. Remember to fill up your hummingbird feeders and grow more flowers for these tiny garden treasures.A true joy of our Houston springtime is when hummingbirds visit our gardens. Nectar-producing tubular flowers allow the hummingbird’s long tongue to find food where bees can reach. For early springtime, the yellow-flowered vine, Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), is great for hummers that overwinter here. If you have a lot of space, allow the perennial vines, trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) and cross vine (Bignonia capreolata), to grow on fences or up sturdy trees and they will flower in the summer or spring and fall respectively. Annual red-blooming cypress vine (Ipomoea quamoclit) is easy to grow and great for all summer. Perennial plants like the sages are good as well; pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) blooms red and is easy to grow, as is scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea), which comes in red, peach and white and will bloom year-round if there is a mild winter. Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a perennial with striking red flowers and maroon foliage that is on target for hummingbird migration in the fall. A beautiful, small native tree is the Texas buckeye (Aesculus pavia), which blooms in spring with flowers that glow with coral, peach and yellow hues. Remember to fill up your hummingbird feeders and grow more flowers for these tiny garden treasures.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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