Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Hibiscus moscheutos Rose mallow Z 5-10

    Decadent platters of crimson, rose or white

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    Decadent platters of crimson, rose or white with cerise centers in August and September on 6′ tall, very sturdy stalks. Look tropical, but they’re hardy.

    Size: 8' x 3'
    Care: Sun, moist to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Southern U.S.
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

    One Native American tribe used this plant to cure inflammed bladders. 1st collected by English planthunter Rev. John Banister in colonial Virginia c. 1680.  A gunman mistakenly shot and killed him while he collected plants.  Bloomed for Jefferson at Monticello in July, 1767.

  • 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 ventricosa Z 3-8

    rich lavender bells periscope over heart-shaped leaves

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    In late summer rich lavender bells periscope over heart-shaped, prominently veined foliage.

    Can not ship to: Maryland

    Size: 20" x 36"
    Care: Part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil. Tolerate Walnut toxicity
    Native: China
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds
    Awards: Received England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    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 East Asia.  Empress Josephine grew this at Malmaison. Redoute, Josephine’s botanical illustrator, painted H. ventricosa in 1805.

  • Ipomopsis aggregata Standing cypress, Skyrocket, Scarlet gilia Z 4-11 Reseeding biennial

    Showy red trumpets along leafless stem brighten summer-fall garden

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    Showy red trumpets along leafless stem brighten summer-fall garden

    Size: 3-5’ x 12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil
    Native: west from ND, south to TX to the Pacific.
    Wildlife Value: attracts bees, Swallowtail butterflies and flocks of hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

    Collected by Meriwether Lewis on the Lolo Trail June 26 1806.

  • Iris missouriensis Western blue flag, Rocky Mountain iris Z 3-8

     In spring variegated, violet blue iris flowers, up to 4 per stem. Each flower has 6 perianth segments, three elongated spreading to reflexed falls have a central dark yellow-orange stripe and diverging blue lines on a white background, and three erect, more narrow, lilac-purple to dark blue standards.

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    In spring variegated, violet blue iris flowers, up to 4 per stem. Each flower has 6 perianth segments, three elongated spreading to reflexed falls have a central dark yellow-orange stripe and diverging blue lines on a white background, and three erect, more narrow, lilac-purple to dark blue standards.

    Size: 12-24” x 9-12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained to moist soil. Divide regularly.
    Native: Alberta and British Columbia, from Minnesota to Washington south to California east to New Mexico
    Wildlife Value: Deer resistant. Attracts hummingbirds, provides pollen to bees.

    Named for the Missouri River although ironically Lewis collected it along the Blackfoot River in today’s Montana on July 5, 1806.
    Paiute Indians of eastern California and southeastern Oregon made ear drops to remedy earaches with a decoction if the Iris roots.

     

  • Kniphofia caulescens Red hot poker, Regal torch lily Z 5-10

    fat spikes of flowers open coral-red, turning pale lemon-yellow

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    Evergreen perennial with short, stout stems bearing grass-like broad, grey-green leaves. Blooming July to August, fat spikes of flowers open coral-red, turning pale lemon-yellow

    Size: 3’ x 2-3’
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Lesotho South Africa
    Wildlife Value: deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts hummingbirds
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit; Denver Botanic Garden Plant Select

    Introduced to gardens by Mr. T. Cooper about 1860.  1st described by French botanist Carrière in Revue Horticole in 1884