12 Florida Plants That Attract Hummingbirds 

Hummingbirds are great pollinators and are a joy to see in the garden. What plants can attract them?

Hummingbirds have been drawn to flowers since the beginning of time. They have a symbiotic relationship; flowers produce nectar on which hummingbirds feed, and hummingbirds inadvertently help flowers pollinate as they fly amongst them to feed. Hummingbirds typically choose flowers with a shape that doesn’t pose as an obstacle to their whirling wings. 

Florida is home to many hummingbird-friendly plants; we’ve compiled a list of 12 plants that attract these tiny birds. 

1. False Indigo Bush

The false indigo bush is a densely wooded shrub with fern-like foliage. In the spring and summer, this plant grows thickets of dark purple spiky flowers that are popular among hummingbirds.

A bush of false indigo bush

2. Crossvine

Crossvine is a perennial evergreen vine that produces 2 – 3 inch cone-like flowers in shades of brilliant red and orange flowers in the spring. Under the right conditions, it can live up to 50 years.

red crossvine flower during spring

3. Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed thrives in full or partial sun and can be planted in almost any type of soil. It won’t bloom until it’s established, but when it does, it actively blooms from the spring until the fall. It produces bright orange, red, and yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 

orange butterfly weed flower

4. Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet creepers are woody, flowering vines that produce colorful trumpet-shaped flowers that can be up to 3 ½ inches long. This plant thrives in hot, humid climates like Florida’s and actively blooms in the spring and summer. 

red orange trumpet creeper flower

5. Coral Honeysuckle

This can be grown as a shrub or as groundcover. Its dark green leaves create clusters of red and coral-colored tubular flowers. Coral honeysuckle actively blooms in the spring and summer and attracts hummingbirds from late summer until the fall. 

coral honeysuckle flowers in the garden

6. Spotted Beebalm

The spotted beebalm, or horsemint plant, is an herbaceous perennial with light green foliage. This plant grows tall and its oblong leaves help fill up empty places in flowerbeds. Its leaves and tiny flowers release a pleasant scent that attracts hummingbirds and people alike.

purple spotted beebalm flower

7. Pitcher Sage

Pitcher sage, sometimes known as azure blue sage, is a deciduous perennial wildflower found in Florida’s forests and sandy locations. This plant has vivid blue flowers that bloom from August until November and attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.

8. Florida Flame Azalea

The Florida flame azalea grows well in wooded areas. It’s low maintenance once established. This plant can appear to be dormant for most of the year, but it springs to life in the spring when it produces fragrant, fiery orange and red flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees. The Florida flame azalea can be planted in a garden or in a planter.

yellow florida flame azalea

9. Firebush

Firebush shrubs bloom in late spring. It produces black berries and cylinder-shaped yellow-orange flowers until the first freeze. They make excellent border and backdrop shrubs when included in landscaping; they also grow well as patio plants. 

10. Carolina Jessamine

Carolina jessamine is a robust twining vine that produces bright yellow trumpet-shaped flowers from late winter to early spring. 

yellow carolina jessamine flower vine

11. Coralbean

Coralbean is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall. It produces red cone-shaped flowers on long stalks during the spring. This plant thrives in Florida’s climate and attracts lots of hummingbirds.

12. Lantana

Lantana plants thrive in full sun and are drought and heat tolerant. Lantana can form dense thickets in natural areas and produce several red, yellow, white, orange, purple, pink, or multi-colored flowers all summer. This plant can grow in flowerbeds with other sun-loving plants or in planters. Where ever they are planted, they are sure to attract hummingbirds.

colorful lantana flower blooming in the garden
Phillis Butler
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