8 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Updated: Oct. 01, 2023

Readers captured energetic birds zipping through their gardens. These nectar-rich blooms keep them buzzing back for more.

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William Friggle

Bee Balm

Best in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. (To find out which zone you live in, refer to this chart from the USDA.)

This plant fits the bill. It’s vibrant, tube-shaped and full of nectar — everything a hummingbird wants. Plant bee balm in full sun and in well-draining soil. Then sit back and enjoy the fragrant flowers and the hummingbird show. Beyond Feeders: Here are five more ways to attract hummingbirds.

Check out these fascinating facts about hummingbirds:

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Tarek Aoun


Best in Zones 4 to 9.

This hardy favorite features flowers that span from four to 12 inches wide. It’s a heat lover, so find a sunny spot and get ready to watch tiny birds visit the gigantic blooms. Plus, hummingbirds love this type of birdbath

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Michael Castelli


Good anywhere.

For a quick pop of color in the summer garden, sun-loving zinnias are a must. Plant a combination of single-bloom varieties in red and bright pink to make the yard more desirable to hummingbirds. Here are nine expert tips for attracting hummingbirds to your backyard.

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Roslynn Long


Best in Zones 4 to 11

Salvia is a hummingbird favorite because many other nectar seekers, like bees and butterflies, can’t access the nectar buried deep in the tubular blooms. That means more for hummingbirds!

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Maureen Szuniewicz


Best in Zones 5 to 10

The vibrant, exotic look of this bulb is super attractive to hummingbirds. It’s also a favorite of gardeners in the West.

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Mid Stutsman


Best in Zones 3 to 8

Rising up to three feet above the foliage, hosta flowers are nectar-filled and dainty. The blooms last up to six weeks, so they are always at the ready when a hummingbird stops by. Fit in hostas in your landscaping with these tips.

Plus, check out these container combos hummingbirds can’t resist.

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Roy Western

Cape Fuchsia

Best in Zones 6 to 10

At three to five feet tall and wide, cape fuchsia commands attention in any garden, especially when the bright tube-shaped flowers are in bloom. A hummingbird’s slender bill is a perfect fit!

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Barbara Houlihan


Best in Zones 5 to 9

Fiery red-orange blossoms burst to life in mid- to late summer, offering your resident hummingbirds a sweet treat. For the best flowers, make sure to keep the soil moist.