Nectar producing flowering plants – attracting all butterflies
Abelia, Ageratum, Allysum, Aster, Asclepias (Butterfly Weed), Buddleia, Black-eyed Susan, Buckeye, Lobelia, Cuphea, Clover. Cosmos, Duranta, Frogfruit, Gallardia, Globe Amaranth, Honeysuckle, Lantana, Liatris, Eupetolium (Mist Flower), Morning Glory, Pentas, Phlox, Plumbago, Porterweed, Purple Coneflower, Rainlily, Shrimp Plant, Sunflower, Verbena, Salvia, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Turks Cap, Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans), Zinnia
This is just a representative list and certainly not complete.
RULE OF THUMB: The Right idea – Wrong food!
This cedar waxwing has been invited to a feast of delicious red Nandina berries in our landscape – BUT – fruiting Nanadinas, introduced from Asia are invading our natural environment in central TX and crowding out our native species. How is this happening? The bird enjoys his meal, excretes the seed in the wild, and we have an invasive plant on the loose. Please be careful to select plants that won’t endanger our native plants through wildlife that we invite into our yards. There are plenty of alternatives.
CAUTION: Please avoid planting Ligustrum (privet), Nandina, Chinaberry, Chinese tallow, Vitex, Pyracantha, and other berry producing invasive plants identified by the State as endangering our native plants that wildlife depend on.
Hummingbirds are always an attraction to the garden. They appear in our gardens while passing through on a migration in most cases. The kinds of flowers most likely to attract hummingbirds are narrow and long tubular in shape, colors ranging from lavender, yellow, orange to red, such as Cuphea ‘David Varity’, Trumphet vine, Hamelia patens, Mexican oregano, Mexican honeysuckle, Leonitis (lions tail), Russelia (firecracker fern), penstemon, and flame acanthus – to name a few.