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Attract Hummingbirds with Red Flowering Florida Native Plants

Hummingbirds are attracted to red colored flowering plants, and are especially fond of tubular flowers.

Coral Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera sempervirens)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Coral Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera sempervirens), a Florida Native Plant

Some great Florida native plants to attract hummingbirds include, but are not limited to: Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea), Southern Beeblossom (Oenothera simulans), Firebush (Hamelia patens), Tampa Verbain (Glandularia tampensis), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Coral bean (Erythrina herbacea), Standing cypress (Ipomopsis rubra), Scarlet Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus), Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera).

Some great Florida native vines include, but are not limited to: Cross Vine (Bignonia capreolata), Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) and Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).

I personally have witnessed Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds nectaring at a few other plants in my garden. In the purple family: Winged Loosestrife (Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum) and Giant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea); and the red bracts (top leaves) of Wild Poinsettia (Poinsettia cyathophora) also draws them in.

There will be a great selection of Florida Native Plants that meet the criteria to attract hummingbirds and a variety of other birds at the 4th Annual Central Florida Native Plant Sale.  A follow-up to the Florida Association of Native Nurseries Trade Show each year at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, this years’ event takes place on Thursday and Friday March 31 and April 1 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday April 2 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Loret March 2016


Univ. of Florida IFAS Extension, Hummingbirds of Florida, Publication #WEC21. 2015.

Marianne Cowley. Native Plant Families for Hummingbirds, Your Florida Backyard.  1997-2015.

Florida Native Plant Society,


Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

hummingbird032611Want Hummingbirds? How about butterflies? A CORAL HONEYSUCKLE; TRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens) will entice them. Good cover for mammals and birds will build nests within.

Bright red showy flowers on this hearty vine. Evergreen except in colder northern areas of Florida. Train on an arbor, fence or other support or let it grow as a ground cover.

Larval Host for butterfly: Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) (in its range); moth: Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) and Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia).

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Passiflora incarnata (PURPLE PASSIONFLOWER)

Showy flowers and showy edible fruits lend beauty to Passiflora incarnata (PURPLE PASSIONFLOWER). A deciduous vine that can be trained to a support. Winter dormant, it spreads by stoloniferous rhizome which can sprout far from the original plant.

Larval Host for butterfly: Gulf Fritillary, (Agraulis vanillae), Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charithonia), Crimson patch longwing (Heliconius erato), Red banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), Variegated Fritillary and Julia heliconian (Dryas iulia)

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