How to Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies. What Flowers and Plants to Grow

Hummingbird Bush.  This shrub is a favourite of the hummingbird
Hummingbird Bush. This shrub is a favourite of the hummingbird | Source

Plants to Attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies


Hummingbirds are not only a delight to watch but they also have an important role in your garden. They help to pollinate and are also insect predators.

They are mostly attracted by red coloured flowers but other colours also contain the sweet nectar that they seek. They eat third to half of their body weight daily to keep up their energetic lifestyle. Protein is necessary and an absolute must when feeding their young.

When you are using Hummingbird feeders It is important that they are clean, and that the sugar solution is made up correctly and that it is always fresh. As hummingbirds are attracted to the colour red it is a good idea to have your feeder red or with red on it.

Teresa Coppens has an excellent hub on how to make feeders from recycled plastic containers..



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Abelia. A very robust shrub. Grows 3 to 6 ft.   Azalea  Bluebell of Scotland  Bougainvillea Canna Lily  Four o clock  Impatiens  Reiger Begonia Rose Mallow Indu SinghSiberian Iris
Abelia. A very robust shrub. Grows 3 to 6 ft.
Abelia. A very robust shrub. Grows 3 to 6 ft. | Source
Azalea
Azalea | Source
Bluebell of Scotland
Bluebell of Scotland | Source
Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea | Source
Canna Lily
Canna Lily | Source
Four o clock
Four o clock | Source
Impatiens
Impatiens | Source
Reiger Begonia
Reiger Begonia | Source
Rose Mallow Indu Singh
Rose Mallow Indu Singh | Source
Siberian Iris
Siberian Iris | Source

Plants that attract Hummingbirds

Below is a list of a few plants that Hummingbirds like to use for either feed or shelter


  • Abelia (Abelia grandiflora)
  • Alpine Speedwell (Veronica allionii)
  • Alpine Speedwell (Veronica alpine)
  • Azalea (Rhododendron)
  • Bearded Iris (Iris germanica
  • Bluebell of Scotland (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • Blue Corydalis (Corydalis flexuosa)
  • Blue Hill Sage (Salvia superba)
  • Bougainville (Bougainvillea)
  • Canna Lily (Canna generalis)
  • Cape Fuchsia (Phygelius capensis)
  • Creeping Speedwell (Veronica repens)
  • Dahlias (Dahlia)
  • Delphinium (Delphinium x elatum)
  • Dutch Iris (Iris reticulate)
  • Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
  • Four o' clock (Mirabilis jalapa)
  • Fuchsia (Fuchsia)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium hortorum)
  • Hummingbird Bush (Anisacanthus quadrifidus)
  • Impatiens (Impatiens)

Japanese Iris. Also known as Eco-Easter Unlike other Iris Japonicas it is prolific with sprays of lavender blue flowers. This evergreen groundcover is another Hummingbird favourite..
Japanese Iris. Also known as Eco-Easter Unlike other Iris Japonicas it is prolific with sprays of lavender blue flowers. This evergreen groundcover is another Hummingbird favourite.. | Source
  • Japanese Iris (Iris japonica)
  • Mountain Garland (Clarkia elegans)
  • Mountain Speedwell (Veronica Montana
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
  • Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)
  • Petunia (Petunia hybrid)
  • Phlox (Phlox subulata)
  • Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Siberian Iris (Iris siberica)
  • Reiger Begonia (Begonia tuberhybrida)


Plants that Attract Butterflies


Who doesn’t enjoy seeing butterflies fluttering around our gardens? They are some of the most beautiful and colourful creatures on earth. It is a great shame that many have lost their natural environment due to man building roads, farms and homes, as well as industrial buildings. We can all give them somewhere to survive by growing the plants that both adults and caterpillars like to feed from.


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Alpine Aster Bachelor's Button Black Eyed Susan  Blanket flower  Heliotrope  Jupiter's Beard Marguerite Daisy Pincushion FlowerPoor Man's Orchid  Sweet Pea
Alpine Aster
Alpine Aster | Source
Bachelor's Button
Bachelor's Button | Source
Black Eyed Susan
Black Eyed Susan | Source
Blanket flower
Blanket flower | Source
Heliotrope
Heliotrope | Source
Jupiter's Beard
Jupiter's Beard | Source
Marguerite Daisy
Marguerite Daisy | Source
Pincushion Flower
Pincushion Flower | Source
Poor Man's Orchid
Poor Man's Orchid | Source
Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea | Source

Here are just a few suggested plants to attract butterflies


  • African Daisy (Arctotis x hybrid)
  • Alpine Aster (Aster alpinus)
  • Annual Aster (Callistephus chinensis)
  • Bachelor's Button (Centaurea cyanus)
  • Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia grandiflora)
  • Bluebeard (Caryopteris clandonensis)
  • Candytuft (Iberis)
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
  • Creeping Baby's Breath (Gypsophila repens)
  • English Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
  • English Lavender (Lavandula)
  • Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)
  • Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
  • Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium peltatum)
  • Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus ruber)
  • Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Marguerite Daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens)
  • Miniature Daisy (Bellium mimutum
  • Mint (Mentha)
  • Pansy (Viola)
  • Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa columnaria)
  • Poor Man's Orchid (Schizanthus wisetonensis)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
  • Sedum 'Autumn Joy' (Sedum telephium
  • Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
  • Violets (Viola)



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Beard Tongue. The Foxglove like flowers grow  in various shades of pink, purple and deep red. Grows 2 to 3 ft Butterfly Lily. Its fragrant clusters  are either white or pink blooms, resembling butterflies This plant likes full sun to part shade Grows: 3 to 6 feet with a spread: 2 to 3 feet Cardinal Flowers.  A favourite of Hummingbirds. Showy scarlet red blossoms. A beautiful flower but extremely poisonous. Grows 2 to 4 ft  Montbretia  is a perennial.   This plant will grow in moist soils but much prefers a well-drained or sandy soils. Grows 24 to 36” Peruvian Lily. This should be planted in partial or light shade for good flower production Propagation is by division. Grows 2 to 3 ft
Beard Tongue. The Foxglove like flowers grow  in various shades of pink, purple and deep red. Grows 2 to 3 ft
Beard Tongue. The Foxglove like flowers grow in various shades of pink, purple and deep red. Grows 2 to 3 ft | Source
Butterfly Lily. Its fragrant clusters  are either white or pink blooms, resembling butterflies This plant likes full sun to part shade Grows: 3 to 6 feet with a spread: 2 to 3 feet
Butterfly Lily. Its fragrant clusters are either white or pink blooms, resembling butterflies This plant likes full sun to part shade Grows: 3 to 6 feet with a spread: 2 to 3 feet | Source
Cardinal Flowers.  A favourite of Hummingbirds. Showy scarlet red blossoms. A beautiful flower but extremely poisonous. Grows 2 to 4 ft
Cardinal Flowers. A favourite of Hummingbirds. Showy scarlet red blossoms. A beautiful flower but extremely poisonous. Grows 2 to 4 ft | Source
Montbretia  is a perennial.   This plant will grow in moist soils but much prefers a well-drained or sandy soils. Grows 24 to 36”
Montbretia is a perennial. This plant will grow in moist soils but much prefers a well-drained or sandy soils. Grows 24 to 36” | Source
Peruvian Lily. This should be planted in partial or light shade for good flower production Propagation is by division. Grows 2 to 3 ft
Peruvian Lily. This should be planted in partial or light shade for good flower production Propagation is by division. Grows 2 to 3 ft | Source

The Best of Both Worlds


Just imagine a beautiful summer’s day, the sky is blue, there is a gentle breeze and the garden is full of vibrant colour. The hummingbirds are entertaining us with their antics as we sit ready with the camera waiting for a chance of that perfect shot. Several beautiful butterflies are also hovering and flitting from flower to flower. Now isn’t that just the ‘perfect’ paradise.


The plants below attract both Hummingbirds and Butterflies, what a bomus

  • Alpine Columbine (Aquilegia flabellate)
  • Aster (Aster novae-angliae)
  • Beard Tongue (Penstemon Barbatus)
  • Butterfly lily (Hedychium coronarium)
  • Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Columbine (Aquilegia)
  • Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea
  • Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
  • Lantana (Lantana)
  • Lupine (Lupinus)
  • Marigold (Tagetes)
  • Montbretia (Crocosmia)
  • Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)
  • Plantain lily (Hosta)
  • Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
  • Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majas)
  • Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)
  • Trailing Petunia (Calibrachoa)
  • Verbena (Verbena species)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)






Here is an excellent site for anyone wanting set up a Butterfly Garden.

Movie Master also has some fabulous photos of butterflies

Alex Clare - Hummingbird

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Next year I am going to redo my entire yard. I do want to attract hummingbirds and butterflies so your Hub will give me ideas. So many of the plants are unusual and so pretty. I just love them. Thanks Rosemay for the beautiful and informational Hub.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

I've been wondering how we can lure our hummingbirds back to our yard! This is a wonderful comprehensive list so now I have lots of choices for beautiful flowers for my hummingbirds. Voted up!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love both the butterflies and the hummingbirds that come to my flowers. They are so enjoyable to watch. You have made some very comprehensive lists to attract both. Last year we had so many hummingbirds at our feeder it was impossible to count them all. So far this year not so many. Great hub, you did a wonderful job! Voted up and awesome! Have a beautiful day! :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Hyphen.

So pleased this has given you some ideas. I tried to add a few unusual plants, just that little bit different. I do hope that when you redo your yard that you have a abundance of hummingbirds and butterflies to brighten your day.

Thanks for dropping by

Take care


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Donna

I hope you have a wonderful time watching those hummingbirds once they return. So pleased you found this helpful.

Your visit and your vote is very much appreciated. Thank you


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello sgbrown. Nice to meet you.

Your garden sounds like a wonderful place to have so many hummingbirds visit. It is early yet this year, they will probably all return again.

Thank you for the compliment and the vote.

Have a wonderful weekend


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Rosemary this is an especially timely hub for me. I have some gardens to modify and along with my feeders I would like to encourage my feathered and winged friends to visit through the surrounding plant life. I would like to link my hummingbird feeder hub to this one. Thank you so much for doing the same for mine!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Those asters are simple, delicate plants that make such a beautiful statement. I can see why a bird or butterfly would be attracted to them just by the look. I used to see hummingbirds often when I lived in the midwest. They were attracted to a certain kind of flower I had (can't remember what it was now). They are so fast and tiny that you almost thing they are a big bug coming at you. The video was interesting. Thanks for the information and the lists.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is great Rosemary. I just put my Hummingbird feeder out this week. I wrapped the pole with bright colored silk flowers plus the feeder is red. I'm waiting for them to arrive. I have a bird feeder out too. I have little finches and wrens, pigeons stay under the feeder to get the seeds dropped. I love to feed the birds. Have you got any ideas how to keep the ants away from the Hummingbird feeder, i've tried tape, It didn't keep them away, this time i sprayed the bottom of the pole with Pam spray, so we'll see what happens. Thank's so much...


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

interesting! Nature in NZ is richer then here and some flowers are unknown to me. Very nice!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful pictures and a great hub. I have pink, red and orange flowers in my garden and I saw a hummingbird on the red one two days ago.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Rosemay, we are very fortunate to have a variety of birds visit our garden, but there are no hummingbirds here unfortunately..

I plant as many flowers as possible to attract the butterflies, I love to watch them. There are quite a few on your list I will be trying this year!

Thank you for a fabulous hub and your comprehensive and useful lists.

And also a big thank you for including a link to my butterfly hub!

Voting up and shared

Best wishes Lesley


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Rosemay! Butterflies are beautiful and so are hummingbirds! And this hub is beautiful as well! Voted up!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Teresa

I am so pleased this is useful for you, you should have both feathered and winged friends coming to your garden in no time. I was happy to link to yours and thenk you for doing the same.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello Teaches

It would be hard to choose a favourite, they are all so lovely. You must have had the right plants whatever they were. I saw an image of one particular type that was the colours of the rainbow almost, but it was copyrighted otherwise I would have used it. They are such intriguing little creatures.

Thank you for dropping by.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Morning Ruby

Your garden sounds like a real birds retreat. I hope the Pam spray works for you so that the hummingbirds have a chance. Can I just say to check your silk flowers as red dye is poisonous to them, just cut off a petal and rinse it to see if the dye runs.

Thanks for popping in


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello Pavlo, nice to meet you

Not all of these flowers are available in NZ. many flowers are now hybrids and grown to survive in different climates and different countries.

Thank you for the visit, much appreciated


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

OMG, I will do that. I didn't know that about the dye. Thank's again...


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello Joyce. If you have the right plants you will have more hummingbirds com eto visit, you'll have to have your camera ready

Thank you for dropping by


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Lesley

Unfortunately no hummingbirds here either. I'm pleased you found some more plants to try. You'll soon have a garden full of butterflies.

It was a pleasure to link to your hub.

Thank you for the visit and the vote Enjoy your weekend.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Dexter

What a beautiful thing to say, thank you for that lovely compliment and your visit and vote is much appreciated.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Not a problem Ruby, just thought I'd mention it just in case. best be safe than sorry

Enjoy your weekend


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Rosemay, This was fascinating and the video with the hummingbirds was amazing! We have the little creature come to visit from time to time and at first it sounds like a huge bee is after you. Then they stop for a moment and look at you and then fly off. I found they were attracted to an orange and yellow bag of potting soil that was on my porch and one came right up on the porch to investigate. Now with your comprehensive list of flowers that attract them I'll know what to plant. Thanks for a beautiful experience. Lovely. PS I love the butterflies too!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Rosemay,this was so interesting and much of it i did not know before . I love beautiful butterflies and loved the hummingbird video .

Vote up and more !!!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Peg.

Love the story of the potting mix, poor thing must have been so disappointed, no wonder he looked at you. Lol. I'm if you plant some of these you will be making at least one hummingbird a very happy chappy.

Thank you for popping in


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello kamir

I am pleased you found this interesting, we are never too old to learn new things are we. That hummingbird video was amazing wasn't it, they showed so much we wouldn't normally see.

Thank you for coming along and for the vote.

Enjoy your weekend and have fun


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Rosemay. This is such a beautiful hub. The video was such a bonus to your work. You put a ton of research into this. I have a few hummingbirds that visit me while I am watering the garden. They actually drink from the arch of the hose water. (no I don't have a picture)

I think with the proper soil and time you would tend a beautiful garden.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

What a beautiful and well researched Hub. I seldom see a hummingbird here where I live, although we have lots of beautiful butterflies. I voted this UP, etc.etc.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Mike.

The video is fascinating isn't it. It is so cool that they visit you while you are watering, drinking from the hose too, how neat is that.

Thank you for the wonderful compliments. Whilst in the UK I did win a best garden of the area comp, I enjoyed it so much but it is going to be a struggle here.

Thanks for popping in


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Mary

Thank you for the lovely compliment. It is a shame you don't see many hummingbirds where you are. Have you tried a feeder, or maybe you are just not in the right area. Still the butterflies will make up for the lack of hummingbirds and you have beautiful gardens.

Thank you for the visit and your vote is much appreciated.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Mary: I've got four hummingbird feeders in my front yard, but I don't put red dye them, nor do I use the packets sold in the stores. Sugar water will do. Thanks for the list of plants.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello Arlene

Pleased to hear you don't put red dye in your feeders.

Pleased you enjoyed the list of plants.

Thank you for the visit


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

This was absolutely fascinating! I want to have a garden of my own and I will definitely want butterflies to stops by! Thank you for sharing!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Qudsia Nice to meet you.

I hope you do get a garden of your own and it has an abundance of butterflies to brighten your days.

Thank you for dropping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Rosemay, I had to come back and look at that butterfly video. It was so beautiful and the little Mother showing her baby the butterfly was precious! Happy Mother's day friend.

Peg


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Your welcome Peg, the video is fabulous and that baby was so sweet reaching out for the butterfly.

Happy Mother's day to you too Peg, have a wonderful day my friend


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

What would we do without our gardens? You have some great tips. My moms feeders always pulled the hummingbirds in but her flowered moo moos made them check her out too. It was always so much fun to watch, so they do know color.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Jackie

Indeed it is such a joy to sit out in the garden on a summers day. It is best to have both plants and feeders, double the chance of visits. Lol. I guess they know the sweetest nectar comes from red flowers.

Thanks for dropping by


Flora Breen Robison 4 years ago

I have seen the occasional butterfly or hummingbird on one of my balconies, but I don't have the proper camera to take a picture from far enough away that I don't disturb them-and of course my cat would be extremely interested in a hummingbird-and bid-so perhaps it would be better to keep the birds away when it is nice weather as Amy likes to sun on the balcony. I've had some of these flowers on either balcony.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Flora, lovely to see you here.

To take a photo without disturbing them anyone would need a powerful zoom. It is natural for a cat to be interested, I had a collar with a bell on one of my cats who enjoyed creeping up on birds, he was a shocker. At least it gave the birds a warning.

I imagine your balcony is lovely and warm in the sun for Amy.

Thanks for popping in, its nice to still see you around.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

WOw attracting humming birds and butterflies. That would be great, thanks for all the names you have put together in this hub. Interesting and informative. Voted up.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Vellur

Wouldn't it be nice to see both butterflies and hummingbirds in the garden.

Your visit is much appreciated and thank you for the vote.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Rosemay,

What a glorious follow-up to your first hub, just as well-researched and organized. It is easy to get lost in the beauty of these pictures and the videos are a fascinating addition.

Butterflies and hummingbirds symbolize a happy and peaceful garden to me, the same way this piece makes me feel.

Fabulous work-- voted UP & UABI. Love, Maria


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Mar, you do say the sweetest things. Yes butterflies and birds can change a garden into a paradise. The videos especially the hummingbird one are interesting and wonderful.

Thank you for your kind words and the compliment, and your votes too :)

Take care


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I will save this hub, Rosemary, so if I ever move to a house again I will use this excellent information to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to my garden. Thank you.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hello drbj It is always a pleasure to see you dear.

That is a very kind compliment. Thank you.

Take care


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Such beautiful flowers.. why will they not attract butterflies and hummingbirds? Informative hub, great work!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Dawn

I will answer your question as best as I can but I'm no expert. Hummingbirds will not bother with a plant that has less than 10% sugar in the nectar. Butterflies need more sodium than is found in nectar so they will go for deep rooted plants which draw sodium (salt) up from the earth.

Hope this answers your question.

Thanks for dropping by


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Gorgeous Hub Ms Rosemay, you really know how! (And I did not get teased into visiting.) Well maybe just a little. :) ps still seeing that vacuum cleaner ad on your Hub page...


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi snakeslane

Thank you for the cpmpliment. Thoughts on the vacuum, if you Google "vacuum plants" there seems to be quite a few websites that contain both words, so maybe that is the connection, Lol. I don't really know maybe just an ad that is ruuning at the time like the TV ads that get so boring after seeing them a dozen times. :)


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Rosemay. Just stopped by to vote up and beautiful, interesting, awesome because, I heard this is the place to be. :)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Strange snakeslane but the ads I see are for university, moss mould and coffee machine. Go fugure Lol

Thanks Mike


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Rosemay, what a lovely hub! Hummingbirds and Butterflies are always in my garden. I love watching them :)

Voted up and awesome!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Martie

Your garden must be lovely and enchanting. Magical sitting in the shade sipping a glass of wine and watching the hummingbirds and buuterflies, what better way to relax.

Thank you for dropping by and your vote is appreciated.


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vikkijov 4 years ago from Mystic, CT

I love hummingbirds and have relocated from an area that had a zero population of hummingbirds to a place where can enjoy them in abundance, so needless to say, I have feeders and flowers! I find that when my hosta bloom, the hummingbirds enjoy the nectar. They are such tiny creatures and lovely to watch. So I will add from your list of flowers to my garden for next year!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Rosemay,

I live in the concrete jungle so I have never seen hummingbirds here. Butterflies, yes.

I did see a hummingbird once when I was child in my friend's grandparents garden.

Hope you are doing well.

Voted up and beautiful


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi vikki

You must be so pleased with your fortunate move. It sounds as though they love your garden and yes more plants that they like will keep them very happy.

Happy watching :)

Thank you for dropping by


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Sue

I am happy that at least the butterflies visit you in your concrete jungle, but sorry no hummingbirds.

Hope you are well too

Take care and thank you for the visit and the vote


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Rosemay, another great article my friend. When I lived at Omar, my childhood home, hummingbirds were everywhere. The birdfeeder always did the trick. Hummingbirds use so much energy, they love it when they can get an easy meal. Well researched article Rosemay. Hope you are doing good. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Ricky Wow it must have been so lovely to have so many hummingbirds around, they obviously loved your feeders.

Thank you for the compliment and your votes are much appreciated


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Oh, wow! This is just so extremely beautiful! Fascinating creatures, I have never seen a single hummingbird in my life though. The closest I can probably name is honeyeater but they are like elephants comparing to hummingbirds. We do have huge black with yellow stripes butterflies, they fly like they don't know where are they going, always changing directions at impossible angles and oh, so slow. LOL


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Max

Actually I have never seen a hummingbird in NZ. The honeyeaters are very pretty birds too and there are many species that have that very long beak to reach inside the flowerheads to reach the nectar.

The butterfly sounds a little like me, I never know where I am headed. Lol. I love the way they seem to stop suddenly and just hover in one spot as if deciding which way to go.

Thank you for popping in

Take care.


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

And there are also hummingbird feeders for those of us who are on the third floor. ^_^


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi phoebe

Indeed there are but if you have a balcony a potted plant would also attract them.

Thank you for popping in


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I live in SF. before my illness, what wildlife came to my yarn.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I'm going to have to look at some of these plants. I would especially love to see some butterflies in my backyard. Great hub. Beautifully presented. Sharing!


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Very good hub. Outstanding about it's subject matter. I need to make patience the availability of these plants in my country is less.


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noenhulk 4 years ago

What O observe is that when we have flowering plants, butterfly came and smell those flowers. What a beauty in sight.. I love butterfly.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Going to incorporate these methods in my future garden. Excellent and fun read, voted up, useful, and awesome :)


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NarcononVistaBay 4 years ago from California

Hummingbirds and butterflies, I never get tired of them.


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Lovely Hub about my favorite little birdies.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Mhatter, nice to meet you

Your yard must have been lovely to attract such wildlife. I'm sorry if your illness prevents you from working in the garden.

Thank you for the visit


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Vicki, always a pleasure to see you.

I'm pleased you found this useful and I hope your garden in inundated with butterflies.

Thank you for popping in and the share is much appreciated.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi anusujith, nice to meet you

I know there are some beautiful butterflies in India, various swallowtails and opollos.

I looked up some plants that are available in India for you.

Lantana

Jamaiccan Blue spike

Soapnut Tree

Pagoda Plant

Clearodendron infortunatum (White variety of pagoda plant ):

Cufia

Ixora

Mussanda frontosa ( Vellila )

Cordia cylendrostycahia

I hope you find this helpful and you are able to obtain these plants for your garden.

Thank you for your visit


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi noenhilk

They not only smell the flowers but they are eating the nectar as well, or laying their lava. You must have some of the plants they love.

Thank you for the visit


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Olde Cashmere

It sounds as though you are going to be busy :) I am pleased you found this useful, thank you for popping in and for the votes

Happy gardening.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi NarcononVistaBay

Too right who could ever get tired of watching them. You must have a lovely garden to attract them.

Thank you for dropping by


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Lilleyth, nice to see you.

the are just wonderful aren't they.

Thank you for dropping by


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Do you believe in coincidence? I was just put to task to attract more hummingbirds to our yard. We saw a tiny brown one that may have been a newly fledged youngster. There wasn't much to keep her interested. Now I have some good ideas!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Oh Wow, that is a coincidence. You'll be unindate with hummingbirds :) It does sound like a young fledgling, maybe she'll come back to visit once you have your garden done.

Thank you for dropping by and I'm pleased this was useful to you.

Happy gardening.


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

I have not seen a butterfly in the garden for quite a while. But now that you have shown me which flowers to plant to attract them I look forward to many in my garden soon.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Viking. I am pleased you found this useful. Wishing you a lovely summer with an abundance of butterflies in your garden


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I love butterflies and hummingbirds! I already have a few of the flowers you mentioned for attracting them, but I love your other suggestions and will be adding some of them to my flower beds and outdoor planters. Thanks for a beautiful and useful article! Voted up and shared!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! This was a fascinating hub and the PBS video was amazing. How cool that the Hummingbirds eat insects!

Love the comprehensive information, the way you arranged the info and the inclusion of so many photos.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Am going to share this info.


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blessed365 4 years ago from New England

I enjoy watching hummingbirds and attracting them to my yard. They are so interesting to watch.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Stephanie. Nice to meet you

It sounds as though you already have a beautiful garden. I appreciate your visit and thank you for the vote and the share.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Gail

Your visits are always appreciated. I must owe you a visit.

It was a great video and I learned a great deal from it.

Thank you for dropping by and for the votes and the share


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Blessed. so nice to meet you

They are fascinating to watch and I am pleased they visit your yard.

Thank you for dropping by


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I really enjoyed your article. I don't think there are many hummingbirds and/or butterflies in my area because we have a lot of roads, buildings, stores, and pesticides on plants and fruits. Sad to see, but I'm happy they're still active and around :)

-KD


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Keith

That is a shame, but even just a potplant can attract butterflies. Still I'm pleased you enjoyed the article. Thank you for dropping by


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I don't think we have hmmingbirds in the Philippines but butterflies we do have a lot. I can't wait to plant some of these flowers and attract butterflies.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi again jpcmc

No you don't have hummingbirds in the Philippines but you do have those gorgeous sunbirds that are almost the same size, same diet, same habits. They are beautiful.

Your daughter will delight in watching the butterflies when you have your garden planted with some of these.

Thank you for popping by


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Back for another look...What a great informational Hub Rosemay,the Hummingbird documentary is fantastic, and your floras on attracting these birds and butterflies are beautiful and so nicely laid out, I like how you do the blocks of thumbnails, very handy reference guide, voted up and UABI. regards snakeslane


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi snakeslane.

The documentry was an outstanding video and I do like the way that we are able to put those thumbnails in. There are people who don't know the names of plants so it makes it easier if photos are added.

Thank you for popping back and your votes are much appreciated.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

We don't have many butterflies here in Southern California but we have a ton of hummingbirds. Thanks for suggesting some flowers to attract them. I'll give them a try. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi alocsin

I wish you could send some of those hummingbirds here. Lol I hope your garden has an abundance of them once you plant some of these plants.

Your visits are always appreciated and thenk you for the votes


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I was so glad to see that you had combined the 2 lists!! I have lots of hummingbird flowers (and hummingbirds!) --now to add more butterfly flowers!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Audrey Your garden must be such a pleasure with hummingbirds already, Now you will have the best of both worlds, it will be a haven with butterflies too


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

How beautiful Rosemay and thank you so much for sharing. Each and everyone of yur hubs are wonderful.Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Thank you Eddy for such a lovely compliment.

I' pleased you enjoyed this article

You enjoy your weekend too.


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Beltane73 3 years ago from South Jersey

I love hummingbirds and have wanted to attract more. Thanks for this, it'll help me choose my annuals! Upvoted and useful!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Beltane.

Welcome to HP, it's nice to meet you.

I'm pleased you found this useful and hope your garden is full of humming birds come summer :))

Thank you for voting


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing this hub as it is very useful for me to attract hummingbirds and butterflies in my garden. Voted up, useful and informative. Have a great day!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

I apologise for not being around to respond earlier.

So pleased you found this useful. You have a gorgeous garden so I hope you are rewarded with visits of many butterflies and birds.


Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

I love the fact you have Alex Clare's song on here... it's actually one of my personal favorites.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Phoebe, I had never heard that song so I was pleasantly surprised when I found it.

Thank you for visiting


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Rosemay. People are inquiring after you. Hope things are going well.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Mike nice to see you, and even nicer to hear I haven't been forgotten. Lol Long story but we had to move house again, live right across the road from the sea front now. So I was busy cleaning and packing and cleaning and unpacking... walking along the seafront and getting to know my new neighbours.

I will be popping over soon to see what you have been up to. :))


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks so much! I plan to redo my garden next year, and would love to attract some hummingbirds, and butterflies too. Very helpful and well done Hub! Shared!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Thank you rebecca I hope you have a lot of fun redoing your garden and you are inundated with hummingbirds and butterflies :)

Thank you for dropping by and for the share and votes


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello - I just came back for a refresher on these gardening tips. What beautiful photos and good information.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

Hi Peg lovely to see you. I am looking forward to spring here which is officially 1st September although we have had a very mild winter here apart from a few days of the polar blast. So I will be planning my garden soon.

Thank you for dropping by


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

After a quick skim of your profile, I was surprised that you had hummingbirds in England - so I re-read your profile and found out I'd missed the New Zealand part.

We have hummingbirds here and they are a delight to watch. As we sit on the back deck, they come down and hover in front of us - checking us out - before beginning their feeding ritual. It is funny to see the mock fights they get into. Voted up +.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand Author

I can't think of anything more relaxing than sitting on the deck watching the aantics of hummingbirds.

Thank you for dropping by


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I never see a Hummingbird where I live in Florida! I miss them, too. We have lots of butterflies. In fact, I grow Milkweed for the Monarchs to eat. I have seen them from the first stage of development right on till they are a full grown butterfly.

Very informative Hub. Voted UP, etc.etc.


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favored 2 years ago from USA

I have been looking into this topic for some time and you have given me so much information. Making sure I don't lose this site by pinning it. Appreciate this.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

It would be insane to try to plant all those butterfly attracting flowers at once. I may very well try it for that reason alone.

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