0

Your Shopping Cart

Your cart is empty.
 You are here    Flowers by the Sea / Quick Looks Picture Gallery - Summer Flowers for Wildlife Picture Gallery -...

Summer Flowers for Wildlife Picture Gallery - Bees, Birds & Butterflies

Our gardens are abundant in the tubular-shaped, nectar-rich flowers that attract hummingbirds. Insects attracted to the nectar of flowering sage plants add protein to hummingbird diets. This list is based on the sages (Salvia spp.) that hummingbirds swarm in our garden and sneak into our greenhouses to visit.

You'll find a wide range of Salvia species and varieties here, especially ones from the Western Hemisphere. Over the years, we have noticed that hummingbirds seem to prefer mint-family plants (Lamiaceae) from the West. This makes sense considering that these flying jewels aren't found in the Eastern Hemisphere; native animals prefer native flora.

Plants and pollinators in a region coevolve to meet each other's needs. For example, the tube-shaped flowers of North and Central American Lamiaceae particularly fit the beaks of hummingbirds living in those areas whereas some South American sages with longer blossoms require the longer beaks of South Amer