22 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds in Mississippi!

What flowers attract hummingbirds in Mississippi?

Common Hummingbird Flowers in Mississippi

 

Sorting through hundreds of potential flowers that (might) attract hummingbirds can get frustrating and time-consuming. So after many hours and hours of research, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some of the best flowers that attract hummingbirds in Mississippi.

 

In general, here are some traits that make an excellent hummingbird flower:

  • LOTS of nectar for the hummingbirds to eat.
  • Tubular-shaped flowers don’t allow other pollinators, like bees and butterflies, to access the nectar.
  • The color of RED. Hummingbirds are most attracted to red flowers.
  • NATIVE to Mississippi.

 

You will notice a USDA Hardiness Zone listed for each hummingbird flower in the article. This refers to areas of Mississippi where plants do best, based on temperature.

Making sure your hummingbird flowers are appropriate for YOUR hardiness zones is extremely important! And it’s the reason your hummingbird garden will look completely different than the one I have created in Ohio.

22 Types of Hummingbird Flowers in Mississippi:

 


#1. Trumpet Vine (Also called Trumpet Creeper)

  • Campsis radicans

Types of Hummingbird Flowers found in Mississippi

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: Vines can climb up to 40 feet high
  • Bloom Time: July-September
  • Light Requirements: Full to partial sun

 

Trumpet Vine is a perfect hummingbird flower and it’s even commonly referred to as “hummingbird vine.” This is because it features long, tubular, bright flowers with lots of nectar.

 

It’s native to Mississippi but is easy to grow in most parts of the country. And I do mean GROW. In my first-hand experience, it needs to be trimmed regularly, or it will take over an entire area. Otherwise, the vine gets so big that many birds will even nest in its dense foliage!

 

It is widely available, and I can always find Trumpet Vine at my local garden centers. Typically, it takes a year or two after planting to get bright and beautiful flowers that attract hummingbirds.

 


#2. Trumpet Honeysuckle

  • Lonicera sempervirens

Types of Hummingbird Flowers that live in Mississippi

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 15 feet tall x 6 feet wide (climbing)
  • Bloom Time: May-June
  • Light Requirements: Full to partial sun

 

Trumpet Honeysuckle is a favorite of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Mississippi. These birds love the bright clusters of red and orange tubular flowers.

 

It has similar features to the Trumpet Vine, and many people get the two mixed up. However, a benefit of the Trumpet Honeysuckle is that it’s not as aggressive and does not get as big as the Trumpet Vine. Because of this, Trumpet Honeysuckle may fit better in your hummingbird garden.

 


#3. Red Cardinal Flower

  • Lobelia cardinalis

Common Mississippi Hummingbird Flowers

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: ~ 3 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: July-September
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

 

The Red Cardinal Flower is an excellent addition to any backyard hummingbird flower garden. I love that it’s native to almost the entire lower 48 states and eastern Canada.

 

It’s gorgeous when in bloom, providing vibrant red tubular flowers. Fortunately for us, the flowers are too long for most insects. And the Red Cardinal Flower relies on attracting hummingbirds for pollination.

 

It grows best when not in full sun and likes moisture. So in the wild, you’re most likely to see Red Cardinal Flowers on shady stream banks in late summer!

 


#4. Bee Balm

  • Monarda

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 3-4 feet tall, up to 3 feet wide (depends on which cultivar selected)
  • Bloom Time: July-September
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun, but also does well with a bit of shade

 

Bee Balm is a smaller perennial flower. Hummingbirds, along with bees and butterflies, love visiting these plants to get nectar. There are Bee Balm species native to nearly every part of North America.

 

There are over 50 cultivars commercially available, representing many different colors. Some are mildew resistant, and certain ones will be better for your region than others, so please check the hardiness zone and do your research.

 

Other common names for Bee Balm include monarda, horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamot.

 

This plant is easy to grow, deer resistant, and drought-resistant! And as a bonus, Bee Balm is also great for attracting butterflies!

 


#5. Sage (Salvia)

  • Salvia spp.

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 to 10 (varies by species)
  • Life Cycle: Most are perennial, but annual varieties are also available.
  • Approximate Mature Size: Wide size range between different species; from 6 inches to 3 feet tall.
  • Bloom Time: April-September
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun

 

Sage has it all; it’s easy to grow, looks great in your garden, attracts hummingbirds, and the leaves can even be eaten!

 

Sage is the common name of any plant under the genus Salvia. So, unfortunately, it’s going to be hard to give a lot of specific details about which Sage flower would do best in your backyard because there are hundreds of different species, along with many more cultivars that grow well in hummingbird gardens across the country.

 

Sage comes in all different sizes and colors. Some are annual, some perennial. Many are native to the Americas, but the most common, Salvia officinalis (Common Sage), originates from the Mediterranean. It’s so common that it’s considered naturalized in North America.

 

One thing most variations of Sage have in common is they have spikes of tubular flowers. And these flowers are great for attracting hummingbirds, along with other pollinator insects, bees, moths, and butterflies.

 

My advice is to do some more research or speak to your local nursery and find a variety that will do well where you live. Luckily, Salvia is VERY COMMON at garden centers.

 


#6. Lupine

  • Lupinus

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial (some Annual)
  • Approximate Mature Size: Too many variations to list, but the average is 3 feet tall and wide.
  • Bloom Time: Depends on zone and variety, but typically May-July.
  • Light Requirements: Sun to Part Shade

 

Lupine features beautiful, long spikes of flowers. There are many different species and cultivars available, and hummingbirds like them all.

 

They come in all sizes, so there should be some sort of Lupine that fits your hummingbird flower garden perfectly. The most common colors of Lupine blooms are blue, purple, pink, and white.

 

Lupine makes an excellent neighbor to other plants that require nitrogen-rich soil. It increases the nitrogen in the ground, making the soil a better environment for other plants!

 

In the US, the species that tend to grow best are wild lupine, garden lupin, silvery lupine, and Texas Bluebonnet. Check with your local nursery to find out which one is easiest to grow in your area!

 


#7. Columbine

  • Aquilegia

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: ~3 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: May
  • Light Requirements: Grows well in the shade. If full sun, provide lots of moisture.

 

Columbine flowers refer to any species from the genus Aquilegia, many of which are native to North America.

 

I love the unique look of Columbine, and luckily so do hummingbirds! Its pretty flowers typically bloom in May, right when hummingbirds are making their way back north, so this may be the first plant that you see hummers visiting each spring.

 

It’s interesting to note that insects have difficulty accessing the nectar, so hummingbirds should have this flower all to themselves.

 

There are many species and hybrids of Columbine available. Make sure to choose a species that’s native to your area for the best results!

 


#8. Indian Pink (Also Called Woodland Pinkroot)

  • Spigelia marilandica

 

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5b to 9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 1 to 2 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: June
  • Light Requirements: Partial to Full Shade

 

Indian Pink has beautiful deep red buds that open to bright yellow, 5-pointed flowers. They’re perfect for areas with partial shade and moist soil.

 

This gorgeous species is one of the BEST hummingbird flowers you can plant in Mississippi.

 


#9. Azalea

  • Azalea

 

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: Typically 4-6 feet tall; some varieties are much smaller, and some can grow up to 20 feet!
  • Bloom Time: February-September
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

 

Azaleas are members of the Rhododendron family. Their bright pink blooms and relatively low-maintenance growing requirements make them attractive to many home gardeners.

 

They’re so popular that over 10,000 cultivars with different colors, sizes, and growth patterns have been bred! Since there are so many different varieties, it’s best to talk with your local nursery to find a cultivar to fit your needs.

 

As an addition to your hummingbird garden, Azaleas grow best with lots of sunlight in well-drained soil.

 


#10. Red Buckeye

  • Aesculus pavia

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 15-20 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: April-May
  • Light Requirements: Shade to full sun

 

In addition to hummingbirds, the bright red flowers on the Red Buckeye Tree also attract butterflies. This ornamental tree is a great option if you have a sunny spot in your yard.

 

If you choose a Red Buckeye Tree, keep in mind that the seeds are poisonous to humans and livestock. So make sure your Red Buckeye is planted out of the way of animals and children.

 


#11. Mountain Laurel

  • Kalmia latifolia

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 7-15 feet tall; dwarf variety grows only 4 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: April-June
  • Light Requirements: Partial sun to partial shade

 

Mountain Laurel is an exceptionally beautiful shrub with striking blooms!

 

The petals are fused, making each blossom look like a tiny bowl. It comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to dark rose.

 

You can grow Mountain Laurel in partial shade, which is helpful for smaller hummingbird gardens that are close to your house. Use caution, however, since Mountain Laurel is poisonous to pets and humans.

 


#12. Coral Bells

  • Heuchera

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 6-16 inches tall
  • Bloom Time: May-July
  • Light Requirements: Partial shade

 

Also called Alumroot, Coral Bells is a small flowering shrub that grows in varied climates and soil conditions. There are countless species and cultivars, so finding one for your hummingbird garden shouldn’t be hard!

 

The coloring varies by species, with pink, purple, or white blooms. Coral Bells’ leaves are also striking and can range from deep purple to light green and even golden!

 


#13. Beard Tongues

  • Penstemon

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 2-4 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: April-June
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

 

Beardtongue, or Penstemon, is a perennial that does well in full sun. Its many flowers grow on tall, thin stalks that shoot straight up from the plant, giving it the appearance of a firework!

 

Beardtongue’s tubular blossoms make it a perfect flower for hummingbirds to find nectar and even water that collects inside.

 

Different species of Beardtongue grow best in different areas of the US, so the best way to find the right one for you is to talk with someone knowledgeable at your local nursery.

 


#14. New Jersey Tea

  • Ceanothus americanus

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 3-4 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: July-August
  • Light Requirements: Full to partial sun

 

New Jersey Tea is an excellent choice for gardeners to create a border or hedge in their hummingbird garden.

 

The plants are low to the ground and grow moderately slow, which means they won’t take over a garden even if they’re left to grow naturally. They tolerate drought well and don’t require pruning. As long as your garden gets adequate sunlight, New Jersey Tea should grow well for you!

 


#15. Dense Blazing Star

  • Liatris spicata

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 2-4 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: July-August
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

 

If your ideal hummingbird flower does best when it’s ignored, look no further than the Dense Blazing Star. =)

 

Its bright purple blooms are a perfect centerpiece for any hummingbird garden. This plant requires almost no maintenance after it’s established and grows in any type of soil. It just needs full sun, and occasionally larger plants may need to be staked to keep them upright.

 

Bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies all love Dense Blazing Star, so your garden will come alive in summer with buzzing and fluttering visitors!

 


#16. Phlox

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Life Cycle: Both perennial and annual varieties
  • Approximate Mature Size: Varies significantly from a few inches off the ground up to 6 feet tall.
  • Bloom Time: April-August, depending on the variety
  • Light Requirements: Full to partial sun

 

There are dozens of species of Phlox that range in size, color, and growing condition. This means that no matter what type of hummingbird garden you have, you can probably find a type of Phlox that will work for you!

 

Varieties like Tall Garden Phlox make a great backdrop, and low-growing Moss Phlox works as ground cover or to fill in between other plants. You can even plant a few different varieties to fill out your garden and bring more color to your blooms. Check with your local nursery to pick a species that will fit your needs.

 

Many pollinators, especially hummingbirds, are drawn to this versatile plant.

 


#17. Zinnia

  • Zinnia

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-8
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Approximate Mature Size: 1-3 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: May-October
  • Light Requirements: Full sun

 

Zinnia, a member of the sunflower family, produces bright, round blooms with many petals. They’re a favorite of pollinator insects because of their large landing area and plentiful pollen. Also, hummingbirds are known to visit Zinnias for nectar and to take a rest from flying.

 

They make a beautiful annual addition to any garden! Plant Zinnias in full sun areas with well-drained soil.

 


#18. Petunia

  • Petunia

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-8
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Approximate Mature Size: 6-24 inches tall, up to 24 inches wide
  • Bloom Time: April-October
  • Light Requirements: Full to partial sun

 

Petunias are an easy-to-grow annual with plenty of varieties of different sizes and colors.

 

If you have a garden that gets at least 5 hours of sun per day, plant Petunias to be rewarded with many blooms! Ask your local nursery what type they recommend to pick a specific variety.

 

Hummingbirds enjoy their deep, tube-shaped flowers for drinking nectar and water. You can also expect butterflies and bees to visit your Petunia plants.

 


#19. Impatiens

  • Impatiens

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-9
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Approximate Mature Size: 10-16 inches tall
  • Bloom Time: April-June
  • Light Requirements: Full shade

 

If you like Petunias, but your hummingbird garden gets more shade, you might want to try planting Impatiens instead.

 

They’re available in similar colors and have many of the same qualities as Petunias, like plentiful blooms. But, unlike Petunias, they prefer shady areas and will do best in only partial or low sun. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies all enjoy visiting Impatiens.

 

There are hundreds of varieties of impatiens to choose from. The best way to pick is to talk to someone at your local nursery and find a cultivar that grows well in your area.

 


#20. Orange Jewelweed

  • Impatiens capensis

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-11
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Approximate Mature Size: 2-5 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: May-September
  • Light Requirements: Full shade

 

Orange Jewelweed is one of the few Impatiens native to Mississippi.

 

Their bright orange flowers bloom from late spring to early fall, giving your hummingbird garden a pop of warm color.

 

It’s a perfect plant if you have a shady spot, especially if you prefer native flowers. Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies will all visit Orange Jewelweed.

 


#21. Flowering Tobacco

  • Nicotiana tabacum

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Approximate Mature Size: 3-5 feet tall
  • Bloom Time: July-September
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

 

Flowering Tobacco has been cultivated into several ornamental varieties. However, they’re unpalatable to many mammal species, so they’re a great option if you have rabbits, deer, or other herbivores in your area.

 

Even though it isn’t a native plant, flowering tobacco has gorgeous flowers that attract hummingbirds and gardeners alike.

 

The five-petaled blooms can lend a bright pop of color to your hummingbird garden. This annual plant also attracts butterflies and pollinating bees.

 


#22. Rose of Sharon

  • Hibiscus syriacus

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Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 8-12 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide
  • Bloom Time: July-October
  • Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

 

Interestingly, Rose of Sharon is a hardy perennial and isn’t a rose at all, but a member of the hibiscus family.

 

It’s been cultivated into many different sizes and colors, and its blooms range from white to pale pink, purple, and even deep blue.

 

Hummingbirds love the Rose of Sharon because of its plentiful blooms and dense foliage. But since Rose of Sharon blooms later than most other hummingbird flowers, it’s sure to get a lot of visitors late in the season as they prepare to head south.

 


What is your favorite hummingbird flower?

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