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Native plants are favorites for hummingbirds. The plants listed here are sure to bring these graceful creatures to your garden. Choose a combination of sun and shade plants for multiple nectar sources. Feeders are not recommended except as a winter supplement and must be replenished consistently*. These tiny birds also feed on insects, so eliminating the use of pesticides in favor of natural control is beneficial (for many reasons!) Be sure to put bells around the necks of outdoor cats, in order to further secure the habitat for your new residents.
Botanical Name Common Name SizeType
Aquilegia speciesColumbine1-2′ x 2′ Perennial
Epilobium speciesCalifornia FuchsiaVaries by speciesPerennial
Heuchera speciesCoral Bells <1 x 1 – 2Perennial
Linum lewisiiBlue Flax1-2 x 1-2Perennial
Lupinus speciesLupine1-3 x 1-3Perennial
Mimulus speciesMonkeyflower1-2 x 2-3Shrub
 Monardella speciesCoyote Mint1-2 x 1-2Shrub
Penstemon speciesBeardtongue2×3Shrub
Salvia spathaceaHummingbird Sage2×3Shrub
Calliandra californicaBaja Fairy Duster3-6 x 4-5Shrub
Cleome isomerisBladderpod3-5 x 5Shrub
Fouquieria splendensOcotillo10 x 6-10Shrub
Galvezia speciesBush Snapdragon2-4 x 2-4Shrub
Justicia californicaChuparosa2-3 x 2-3Shrub
Keckiella cordifoliaHeart-leaved Penstemon3×5Vining shrub
 Lobelia laxifloraMexican Lobelia3 x 3-6Shrub
Ribes speciesGooseberry3-8 x 6Shrub
Salvia clevelandiiCleveland Sage3×3Shrub
Salvia greggiiAutumn Sage3×3Shrub
Salvia microphyllaSummer Sage3×5Shrub
Tecoma x ‘Orange Jubilee’Orange Jubilee8-10 x 6-10Shrub/Small tree
Trichostema lanatumWoolly Blue Curls3×4Shrub
Arctostaphylos speciesManzanitaVaries by speciesGroundcover/Shrub/Tree Options
 Aesculus californicaCalifornia Buckeye10-20 x 18Tree
Chilopsis linearisDesert Willow10-15 x 10Tree
Parkinsonia aculeataMexican Palo Verde8-15 x 15Tree
Dudleya speciesLive-foreverLowSucculent
Hesperaloe parvifloraRed Yucca3×3Succulent
Lonicera speciesHoneysuckleClimberVine
Opuntia littoralisCoastal Prickly Pear2-3 x 6Cactus

* Hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned, and changed every 3-4 days – more often in hot weather. Use only warm or hot water and a soft brush to clean the feeder. When the temperature is over 80°F, clean and refill every three or four days. When over 90°F, it could spoil in two days. (If the sugar solution in your feeder turns cloudy, it’s spoiled and needs to be replaced).