8 Flowering Plants That Hummingbirds Don’t Like
We asked our Field Editors to tell us about the flowers that their hummingbirds never visit.
Hummingbirds prefer some colorful flowers more than others. They typically seek out long, tube-shaped flowers—especially red ones. But have you ever wondered which plants that hummers aren’t so crazy about? This list is a good place to start. Keep in mind that your own results may vary based on your location, habitat, and other backyard factors.
Birding experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman say ruby-throated hummingbirds, in particular, have to be more adaptable than many other hummingbirds because they migrate such a long distance through different habitats, dealing with big variations in weather and climate. It’s an advantage for them to be flexible and to check out whatever flowers are available.
“I can’t say I’ve ever seen (hummingbirds) on the purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, daylilies, or astilbe,” says Birds & Blooms Field Editor Judy Roberts.
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Next, check out the top 10 hummingbird plants that grow in shade.