The Top 10 Hummingbird Wildflowers to Grow

Columbine Spring brings bell-shaped red and yellow blooms till early summer. Grow columbine in well-drained, full sun to partial shade soil. Many hummingbird-favorite wildflowers seed themselves to form a colony of flowering plants for you to enjoy or share.

Sage You probably grow one of the 95 North American native salvias. Choose a salvia that works in your zone from the many selections. Mealycup salvia (Salvia farinacea) is a Texas native hardy in zones 7–11 but planted as an annual elsewhere.

Cardinal Flower Scarlet red, white, or rose spikes brighten summer gardens. While rabbits normally pass past, butterflies may visit. Add some blue to the yard with its near relative enormous blue lobelia.

Anise Hyssop This summer bloomer's common name comes from its anise-scented foliage. It grows in well-drained, dry soil in full sun or part shade. This 2- to 4-foot plant reseeds, so give it room to grow.

Bee Balm Summer bee balm has rows of red or purple tubular blossoms on 2- to 4-foot stems. Give this strong self-seeder enough of space to grow in full sun or light shade. Crushed leaves make aromatic tea.

Scarlet Gilia Watch this plant grow from a mat of feathery foliage to tall branches with finely dissected leaves and tubular red blooms in two years. Gilia, often known as standing cypress or Texas plume, prefers full sun and dry soil.

Woodland Phlox One of the best shadow hummingbird wildflowers. Growing forest phlox in moderate or full shade and wet, well-drained soil. Once grown, it tolerates drought but thrives with mulch in summer.

Beardtongue Every state and Canadian province has native penstemon except Hawaii. Many bloom in late spring and early summer, while others bloom from summer to October.

Fringed Heart Bled It may surprise you that this landscaping plant is eastern U.S. native. The larger Asian common bleeding heart blooms earlier. 12- to 18-inch plants bloom late spring to midsummer with rose to purplish-red flowers.  

Lupine Most North American lupines are among roughly 200 species. Bluebonnets are in Texas, yearly sky blue and yellow lupines in California, blue pods in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and wild blue lupines nationwide.