Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Holodiscus discolor Creambush, Ocean spray Z 5-10

    Multistemmed shrub with dense, elegant pyramidal clusters of arching cream-colored flowers in early to mid summer. Leaves tint red in fall.

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    Multi-stemmed shrub with dense, elegant pyramidal clusters of arching cream-colored flowers in early to mid summer. Leaves tint red in fall.

    Size: 4-8’ x 8’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Montana to Colorado west to the Pacific.
    Wildlife Value: nectar for hummingbirds, food for butterfly caterpillars, bird habitat.

    Hard and durable wood was used to make digging sticks, spears, harpoon shafts, bows, and arrows by nearly all coastal Native groups. A few used the wood to make sticks to barbeque salmon, fish hooks, needles for weaving and knitting, Pegs were made to use like nails. Others made wood intoarmor plating and canoe paddles.
    A few Natives made an infusion of boiled fruit to cure diarrhea, measles, chickenpox and as a blood tonic.  Collected by Meriwether Lewis in today’s Idaho on the Clearwater River, May 29, 1806 en route back east on  the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

  • Hosta ‘Blue Cadet’

    Lavender flowers late in season

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    Lavender flowers late in season

    Size: 35-40” x 36”
    Care: part to full shade in moist well-drained soil
    Awards: Nancy Minks Award in 1986

    Hosta was named for Dr. Nicholas Host (1761 – 1834) the physician to the emperor of Austria and an expert on grasses. This cultivar ranked as one of the top 7 hostas and one of the top 2 hostas with blue foliage. Hybridized by Aden in 1974.

  • Hosta lancifolia Lanceleaf Hosta Z 4-9

    Glossy, midgreen lance shaped leaves with lavender trumpets soil

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    Glossy, midgreen lance shaped leaves with lavender trumpets in August and September.

    Size: 18" x 30"
    Care: sun to shade in moist well-drained soil. Tolerant of Walnut toxicity
    Native: Japan
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Japanese called Hostas Giboshi and ate young leaves in spring as a vegetable. Hosta was named for Dr. Nicholas Host (1761-1834) the physician to the emperor of Austria. Hostas, cultivated since at least the 12th century in Asia, were first described for Europeans by Englebert Kaempfer in 1712, doctor for the Dutch East Indian Company on Dechima Island. H. lancifolia drawings date to 1690.

  • Hosta nigrescens Black hosta, Kuro-Giboshi in Japan Z 3-8

    Lavender blooms in August-September up to 6’ tall; nearly 3’ tall vase-shaped mound of thick, cupped foliage. Resists slugs.

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    Lavender blooms in August-September up to 6’ tall; nearly 3’ tall vase-shaped mound of thick, cupped foliage. Resists slugs.

    Size: 32” (flowers to 6’) x 74”
    Care: sun to shade in moist soil
    Native: fertile soil in valleys and forest margins in central and north Japan

    Widely grown in Japanese temple gardens. Young leaves were eaten in Japan to ward off famine.

    Cultivated long before it was given a botanical name by Maekawa (1937/1940). The Japanese name Kuro Gibōshi translates to “black hosta.” This name dates to the floral work of Yokusai Iinuma (1910). Not actually black, but very dark-green and covered with a light gray, powdery coating initially, the leaves lose the gray covering and become very dark, polished green. The species name nigrescens also describes the dark coloring.