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

Updated on September 24, 2013
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

© 2012 Rosemary Sadler

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      poetryman6969 2 years 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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      Fay Favored 3 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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      Mary Hyatt 3 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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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      John MacNab 4 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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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Peg Cole 4 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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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rebecca Mealey 4 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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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      mckbirdbks 4 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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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Phoebe Pike 4 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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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 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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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Holly Kline 4 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Thank you Eddy for such a lovely compliment.

      I' pleased you enjoyed this article

      You enjoy your weekend too.

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      Eiddwen 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Audrey Howitt 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      alocsin 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Verlie Burroughs 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      JP Carlos 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      KDuBarry03 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Vicky C. 5 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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      Gail Sobotkin 5 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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      Stephanie Henkel 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      L M Reid 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      WD Curry 111 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Lilleyth, nice to see you.

      the are just wonderful aren't they.

      Thank you for dropping by

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Lovely Hub about my favorite little birdies.

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      NarcononVistaBay 5 years ago from California

      Hummingbirds and butterflies, I never get tired of them.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 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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      noenhulk 5 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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      Anoop Aravind A 5 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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      Victoria Lynn 5 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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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

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

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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.

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      BeyondMax 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Sueswan 5 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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      vikkijov 5 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!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Martie Coetser 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

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

      Thanks Mike

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      mckbirdbks 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Verlie Burroughs 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

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

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      drbj and sherry 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Maria Jordan 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Nithya Venkat 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Flora Breen Robison 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Peg Cole 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      QudsiaP1 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Arlene V. Poma 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Mary Hyatt 5 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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      mckbirdbks 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Thomas Silvia 5 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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      Peg Cole 5 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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

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