Recommended Hummingbird Plants for Minnesota

Hummingbird with red head.

At a terrific talk given by Donald Mitchell, conservation biologist, Master Gardener, and hummingbird specialist from the University of Minnesota, I learned which flowers not only attract hummingbirds but also give them the most nectar.


Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea ) The coral bells that are not red-flowered or that have been bred more for their fancy foliage than for their flowers tend to provide less nectar.

Hummingbird & MonardaBee Balm (Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’ ) Look for other red-blooming, mildew-resistant varieties.

Beardtongue (Penstemon barbatus ‘Scarlet Queen’ )

Native Wild Flowers

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis )

Royal Catchfly (Silene regia )

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis )


Salvia (Salvia coccinea, Salvia splendens, Salvia guaranitica ) As a rule, hummingbirds get more nectar from the salvias that are annuals to us here in Minnesota and salvias native to the Americas. The earlier-blooming salvias will be in bloom during our short summers and thus be more available to the hummingbirds.

Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana langsdorfii, Nicotiana mutabilis)

Torch of Texas (Ipomopsis rubra)

Climbing Plants

Lonicera sempervirens

Honeysuckle (Lonicera ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ and Lonicera sempervirens)

Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)

Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea x multifida)

Glory Bower Vine (Eccremocarpus scaber)

Firecracker Vine (Mina lobata)

(Photos from Wikipedia)

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