Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • 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.

  • Hosta plantaginea ‘Grandiflora’ syn. H. plantaginea var. japonica, Funkia grandiflora Z 3-9

    Fragrant white trumpets in late summer and early autumn

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    Fragrant white trumpets in late summer and early autumn

    Size: 24” x 36”
    Care: part sun, moist well-drained soil
    Native: China
    Wildlife Value: attracts hummingbirds
    Awards: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit.

    Hosta was named for Dr. Nicholas Host (1761 – 1834) physician to the emperor of Austria and expert on grasses.  H. plantaginea was a popular Chinese plant as long ago as the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. – 220 A.D.)  Chinese used an ointment made from H. plantaginea to reduce inflammation and fever.  M. de Guines introduced H. plantaginea to Europe when he sent it to the king of France in 1789. Gertrude Jekyll, (1848-1931) mother of the mixed perennial border, recommended H. plantaginea ‘Grandiflora’ to keep border gardens looking “full and beautiful.”

  • 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 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 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