Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Ribes aureum syn. Ribes odoratum Clove currant Z 3-8

    yellow flowers smother the shrub



    Ribes aureum  syn. Ribes odoratum  Clove currant, Golden currant   Z 3-8
    Early to mid spring yellow flowers smother the shrub, giving off the most sweet, clove-scented fragrance – heavenly.  Ships only in spring.

    Size: 6' x 6'
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Immune to Walnut toxins.
    Native: west-central US
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

    Found by Meriwether Lewis in 2 locations -“near the narrows of the Columbia.” April 16, 1806, now Klickitat County, Washington, and on July 29, 1805 in Montana.  Many different tribes ate the berries – Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Klamath, Montana, Paiute & Ute.  Others, Shoshone and Paiute, used the shrub’s inner bark to heal sores and swellings.  English plantsman Wm. Robinson declared that it “deserves to be more commonly grown.” (1933)

  • Ruellia humilis Prairie petunia Z 5-9

    lilac trumpets all summer and fall



    Ruellia humilis  Prairie petuna       Z 5-9
    Lilac trumpets with dark pink veins all summer non-stop. Very long blooming but slow to emerge in spring.

    Size: 8-10" x 24"
    Care: full sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
    Native: Midwest south to Florida and Texas, Wisconsin native
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds

    Ruellia  named for French royal herbalist Jean Ruell (1474-1537).  This species first collected by Thomas Nuttall, English plant hunter who found more American plants than anyone else, early 1800’s.

  • Salvia verticillata Lilac sage, whorley clary, Salbey Z 5-8

    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October



    Salvia verticillata  Lilac sage, whorley clary, Salbey  Z 5-8
    Muted lilac blue spikes June to October.  It took 2 years to establish this plant to maturity during which time it was unimpressive but in year 3, it’s fabulous.  You get the benefit of mature plants.

    Size: 24” x 18-24”
    Care: sun in moist well-drained to well-drained soil. Dead head to prolong bloom
    Native: Spain to Ukraine, Caucasus to Iran
    Wildlife Value: Butterfly magnet.

    Collected before 1753.

  • Scabiosa columbaria f. nana Dwarf dove pincushions Z 4-8

    Lavender- blue pincushions



    Lavender- blue pincushions on this short, front-of-the-border flower that blooms for four, yes, 4, months, June to September. Deadhead to promote reblooming.

    Size: 6-12” x 12-18”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained alkaline soil
    Native: Europe
    Wildlife Value: Attracts bees, butterflies and birds

    Different colored ones including lavender and pink described in The Garden 1872.