Late Summer and Fall Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

When planning a garden, make sure you include these great fall flowers that attract hummingbirds. They bloom their best when the days get shorter.

What Fall Flowers Attract Hummingbirds?

The calendar still says summer, but before you know it, the weather will start to feel more like fall. There are still plenty of hummingbirds around, though, so don’t let your garden die back too soon! There are a variety of great hummingbird nectar plants that bloom their best when the days begin to get shorter. Try adding some of your favorites to your garden this fall. All of these plants are perennials or re-seeding annuals, so they’ll reward your efforts for years to come.

Close-up image of the late summer flowering Ironweed purple flowers also known as Vernonia fasciculataJacky Parker Photography/Getty Images


Vernonia spp.

This towering fall wildflower starts blooming in late summer all over the country. There are many different species of ironweed, so seek out those native to your area to find the best fit.

Learn more about why you should grow native plants.

Butterfly on GoldenrodCourtesy Kathy Edinger


Solidago spp.

Goldenrod gets a bad rap, with people blaming it for seasonal allergies. In truth, very few people are actually allergic to this wildflower. Instead, they’re allergic to ragweed, which starts blooming around the same time. Plant all the goldenrod you want, with no fear of sneezing! Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) is native to much of the country,  but try other varieties native to your area, too. The tall yellow spikes of this plant pair perfectly with the purple blooms of ironweed.

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New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)huggy1/Getty Images


Aster spp.

Fall blooming asters are one of the best nectar plants you can add to your garden. Carolina aster (Aster carolinianus) is one of my favorites down south, but in other areas you should focus on your own native selections, like New England aster (sometimes called Michaelmas Daisy) or California aster.

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Indigo Bunting adult male on flowers, blazing starStan Tekiela Author / Naturalist / Wildlife Photographer/Getty Images

Blazing Star

Liatris spp.

Another tall wildflower boasting stalks of purple, Liatris species are an especially good draw for butterflies as fall continues. The tiny flower heads are perfect for tiny butterflies, but hummingbirds enjoy them too. There are 37 species of blazing star, so you’re certain to find one or more that will work well in your own garden.

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Salvia Elegans FlowersBy Eve Livesey/Getty Images

Pineapple Sage

Salvia elegans
Salvias of all kinds are usually great for hummingbirds, but the great thing about Pineapple Sage (aside from its foliage, which does indeed smell like pineapple) is the fact that it starts blooming when other plants are done for the summer. In fact, Pineapple Sage is light sensitive, and will not bloom until days are generally shorter than nights. This may make it too short lived in some northern areas to be worth the trouble, but those in milder climates will find this to be a great addition to the garden.

Psst—we found the top 10 hummingbird plants that grow in shade.

hummingbird and mexican sageCourtesy Linda Beeson

Mexican Sage

Salvia leucantha
Mexican sage is another fall-bloomer that may be best for warmer climates. The foliage and flowers will be damaged by frost, and a sustained hard freeze will kill this plant entirely. In warmer areas, though, this champ blooms from late summer through to the following spring, and hummingbirds love it.

Next, discover 5 fascinating facts about fall hummingbird migration.

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Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find he reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.