Plants for Hummingbirds

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  • Digitalis purpurea Foxglove Z 4-8

    pink, purple or white spires of spotted bells



    Early summer pink, purple or white spires of spotted bells. Beautiful.

    Size: 3-5' x 24"
    Care: Part shade moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: Great Britain,west and central Europe east to Scandinavia, often escapes.

    Druids were fond of this Foxglove because it flowered at the same time as their midsummer sacrifice. First described by German physician and botanical author Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Grown in Medieval gardens. The plant’s use as a heart stimulant was discovered in 1775 by English physician William Withering. The word ‘fox’ is said to be a corruption of ‘folk,’ meaning the ‘little folk’ or fairies,” having the power to ward off witches and return children kidnapped by fairies.  Cultivated in America since 1700’s, with the first documented reference of American cultivation in 1748 by Peter Kalm, a student of Linneaus and a Swedish botanist who explored colonial America for plants. Pressed specimen in Emily Dickinson’s herbarium.

  • Digitalis thapsi Foxglove Z 5-9

    Shortish spikes of purple-rose spotted trumpets



    Shortish spikes of pale purple-rose spotted trumpets in summer. True perennial.

    Size: 18” x 12”
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant.
    Native: Spain

    Grown in the botanical gardens of Moscow by 1752.

  • Epilobium angustifolium syn. Chamaenerion angustifolium Fireweed Z 2-7

    Bright pink to lilac purple flowers June-September atop red stems covered in willow-like leaves




    Bright pink to lilac purple flowers June-September atop red stems covered in willow-like leaves

    Size: 2-6’ x 3’ spreading
    Care: Sun to part shade in dry to moist well drained soil
    Native: Circum-polar to the temperate northern hemisphere (Wisconsin native)
    Wildlife Value: Attracts hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Host for Fireweed Clearwing moth & Nessus Sphinx moth.

    Common name comes from its quick reappearance after a wildfire. First Nations used fireweed externally for burns and other skin conditions, and drank a tea for gastro-intestinal and bronchial problems. Its shoots eaten as a vegetable and young leaves added to salads. Fireweed yields a honey so prized that some Canadian beekeepers drive – or even fly – their hives to areas rich in fireweed for the blossoming season.

  • Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’

    Midsummer, fragrant lemon yellow trumpets



    Midsummer, fragrant lemon yellow trumpets

    Size: 36" x 12"
    Care: Sun, moist well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.

    Hybrid origin, bred in 1925 and still popular today.