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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. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw059

Marianne Cowley. Native Plant Families for Hummingbirds, Your Florida Backyard.  1997-2015. http://www.nsis.org/garden/bird-plants-nectar-family.html

Florida Native Plant Society, http://fnps.org/


Magnolia grandiflora (SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA)

Showy fruits

Showy fruits

Southern Magnolia is an evergreen, hurricane resistant tree perfect as a specimen.  Sun to shade.

interesting flowers

interesting flowers

Heavenly scent, showy flowers, interesting cone-like fruit makes this a winner. 50-100 ft.

beautiful buds

beautiful buds

Wildlife interaction: fruits eaten by squirrels, opossums, quail, and turkey; attracts pollinators.


Learn planting conditions: www.fnps.org/plants/plant/magnolia-grandiflora

Solidago spp. (GOLDENROD)

goldenrodbee111410Bring in the bees by trying one of the many varieties of Florida Native Goldenrod as a backdrop to your pollinator garden.  The birds will chime in when the seeds set.

Hint:  Goldenrod is probably not the cause of your sneezing since ragweed, which blooms at the same time, has the high pollen count that causes allergic reactions.

Learn varieties and planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/solidago-stricta



Rudbeckia hirta (BLACKEYED SUSAN)

susanspittleMay2012Want Pollinators? How about songbirds? BLACKEYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia hirta) will entice them. Masses of bright yellow flowers are cheery greetings for pollinators in the garden. Let the spent heads stay on the plant and you’ll be rewarded when small songbirds arrive to eat the seeds.

Learn planting conditions: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rudbeckia-spp

Self seeds.

Chrysobalanus icaco (COCO PLUM)

Photo © Sharon Dolan http://www.maplestreetnatives.com

Coco Plum is a shrub that provides dense coverage. At a height of 10-30 ft works as a specimen, hedge or screening plant.  Sun to part sun.

Wildlife interaction: The showy flowers will bring in the pollinators and the fruits feed mammals (including humans…think JELLY!) and birds.

Learn more:  http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/chrysobalanus-icaco