Hummingbird Plant For Zone 9 – Growing Hummingbird Gardens In Zone 9:
HUMMINGBIRD PLANT FOR ZONE 9 – GROWING HUMMINGBIRD GARDENS IN ZONE 9
HUMMINGBIRD PLANTS FOR ZONE 10 – HIDDEN LIVESTOCK AND ANIMALS
HUMMINGBIRD PLANTS FOR ZONE 11 – HIDEOUT PLANS AND GUIDES
HUMMINGBIRD PLANTS FOR ZONE 12 – MUSHROOMS AND FISHPLANTS
The following are some of the most popular hummingbird plant species for zones 8 through 11. They are all native to tropical America and they have been used for centuries by indigenous peoples.
There are many varieties of these plants available, but there is one common trait among them: their bright colors make them easy to recognize when seen against a dark background.
1. Red-crowned Carpetbun (Carica papaya)
Carpetbun or red-crowned carpetbun is one of the most recognizable hummingbird plants because it has bright orange flowers with yellow centers. It grows well in any climate, from cool temperatures to hot ones, and it thrives in dry areas as well as moist ones.
Its leaves are opposite and alternate, which makes them attractive to butterflies and bees alike.
2. Turbina (Eupatorium purpureum)
Turbina, also known as purple-cone flower or Joe Pye weed, is a tall plant with purple flowers that bloom from late summer through the fall. It is a favorite among gardeners and homeowners because it attracts beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies while repelling harmful ones such as Japanese beetles.
Its leaves are opposite and whorled, and its stems are square.
3. Jacob’s Staff (Polemonium reptans)
Jacob’s staff, also known as Jacob’s ladder, is an annual plant that comes in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, purple, and white. It is a favorite among gardeners because it is easy to grow and does well in a wide range of conditions.
It can grow to be as tall as three feet and features tender flowers that bloom from spring through the fall.
4. Mexican Dutch Caps (Tecoma stans)
Mexican Dutch caps are a favorite among hummingbirds because of their colorful tubular flowers, which bloom from late winter through early fall. They require very little water and thrive in dry areas, although they can also grow in areas with high humidity.
They have dark green leaves that grow opposite one another.
5. Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthoides)
Scarlet bugler, also known as foxglove penstemon or canary whiptail, is a popular plant among hummingbirds and gardeners alike. It features bright red flowers that bloom from spring through the summer, and its leaves are opposite one another.
Its tubular flowers make it easy for hummingbirds to access the nectar.
6. Beach Sunflower (Helianthemum scoparium)
Beach sunflower is a drought-resistant perennial that features yellow flowers with brown centers. It thrives in sandy and rocky soil, and it grows well in areas with low humidity.
It blooms year-round but primarily during the fall. Its leaves are simple, opposite one another, and lanceolate in shape.
7. Mexican Feather (Aloe aristata)
Mexican feather is a popular plant among gardeners due to its long vase life. It features long green leaves that grow in a fanlike shape and can bloom at any time of the year.
It requires little maintenance and grows well in dry areas.
8. Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
Red bird of paradise is a favorite among hummingbirds and flower enthusiasts alike.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Hummingbird Gardens: Turning Your Yard Into Hummingbird Heaven by SW Kress – 2007 – books.google.com
Ecological interactions between plants and hummingbirds in a successional tropical community by P Feinsinger – Ecological monographs, 1978 – Wiley Online Library
Grow a Hummingbird Garden: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-167 by DE Gelfand – 1997 – books.google.com
The molt and testis cycles of the Anna Hummingbird by FSL Williamson – Condor, 1956 – JSTOR