Asked on Jun 19, 2013

How to attract hummingbirds

Doreen NestellDonita RomeroLeanore Masi


I had such a wonderful response to an earlier question that I decided to ask another. What plants/bushes native to Florida's gulf coast will attract hummingbirds? Simply hanging feeders hasn't proven successful.
13 answers
  • Kimberly Barney
    on Jun 19, 2013

    Hummingbirds like the color red.

  • Leanore Masi
    on Jun 19, 2013

    Kimberly, The type of plant doesn't matter? Just the color?

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 20, 2013

    this is a great article on hummingbird gardens

  • Miriam I
    on Jun 20, 2013

    @Dan330 suggested planting cardinal flowers in this post: Also, if you do a search for "hummingbirds" on Hometalk, you will find more interesting ideas:

  • Kat =^.^=
    on Jun 20, 2013

    Hi, i'm surprised they havent visited you! They love red, and purple, I planted lavender and clematis vines,(grown in pots, they climb) also i never use food colouring, just 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water,bring almost to a boil, to kill any bacteria in the sugar, if you make lots, keep in fridge in closed canning jar, let it warm up before re-filling. good luck! keep us posted of activity?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 20, 2013

    Two native Florida vines that hummingbirds favor are crossvine and trumpet creeper. Our native firebush is a good shrub, as are firespike and coral bean. See more here from the University of Florida Extension Service:

  • Donna keller
    on Jun 20, 2013

    Thats true aboutthem liking the color red. When my husband wears his red baseball cap they always fly around his head !!!!. southwest Virginia . Its true though. Just a little humor.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 20, 2013

    My feeders seem to work you can tell from this video.

  • Dee W
    on Jun 20, 2013

    It can take a year or two for hummingbirds to find your food whether it is plants or feeders and then to incorporate your "feeding station" into their migration route; be patent and watchful, they will come!!

  • Debra Peters
    on Jun 20, 2013

    I have found hummingbirds will come to ANY bright colors; but, red is their favorite. If you know hummingbirds are in your neighborhood - hang your feeders - they will come - you can even make your own!

  • Leanore Masi
    on Jun 21, 2013

    I thank you all for the suggestions and websites. I've been offline for a bit, my sister had eye surgery on Wednesday and I've been a bit busy. I am loving this forum and am sorry I didn't happen upon it sooner.

  • Donita Romero
    on Jun 22, 2013

    I'm not in Florida but I found they LOVE any type of flower that has a trumpet shape (trumpet vines, Monkey flower etc...). They also enjoy my fountain and my hummingbird feeder. So much so, they even nest in my maple tree every year.

  • Doreen Nestell
    on Jun 22, 2013

    Wow Thank you for asking and everyone for your answers. I praise God I have wondered if they came to Florida. I have lots in New Hampshire but here in Florida never saw one yet. I look forward to telling you all if any of this works and seeing if it works for you Leanore. God's grace. peace, light, and love in Jesus' service

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