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Attracting Hummingbirds to a Texas Garden

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Several varieties of hummingbird migrate through Texas. It is easy to attract hummingbirds to a Texas garden with a feeder and the right flowers.

Hummingbirds are wonders of nature. They are fascinating to watch as they hover and dip to sip nectar from flowers. Hummingbirds find flowers by sight rather than smell which is why bright colors attract them. There are 18 species of hummingbird that call Texas home during some portion of the year. Because Texas has diverse ecosystems, the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife offers this list of hummingbird varieties indexed by region.

Texas Hummingbird Characteristics and Migration

The most common hummingbirds to visit Texas gardens are the: Rufous, Blue-throated, Anna’s, Lucifer, Black-chinned, and Ruby-throated hummingbird. However, the Texas Hummingbird Roundup—an annual report from Texas gardeners about their hummingbird observations— allows for common as well as rare hummingbird sightings. A Texas gardener who wants to participate in the hummingbird rounds up can download recording forms and instructions from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Hummingbirds migrate south during colder months in Texas and are permanent populations only in a few coastal regions. Although the Ruby-throated hummingbird migration map is limited to that variety, the dates of first spring sightings are good approximations for all migrating varieties. Some hummingbirds migrate up to 2000 miles in a season.

The name hummingbird is said to be descriptive of the sound the hummingbird makes as its wings beat up to 75 times per second—they hum. Male hummingbirds are more brightly colored than females and smaller. But even the largest hummingbird weighs less than 20 grams and most weigh around 5 grams.

One characteristic that is almost unique in the bird kingdom is the ability of hummingbirds to hover and to fly backwards. Hummingbirds are intelligent birds—they remember good places to visit from one year to the next.

Texas Garden Plants to Attract and Feed Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are attracted by brightly-colored flowers usually red, orange, or dark-pink. Trumpet shaped flowers are preferred. They also appreciate shade of nearby trees to rest and the availability of water. A hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water (1 cup sugar to 4 cups water—use only real, table sugar) will also attract and feed hummingbirds. Texas landscape plants that hummingbirds will seek out include:

  • Butterfly Bush
  • Trumpet vine
  • Lantana
  • Mimosa
  • Honeysuckle
  • Morning Glory
  • Trumpet Creeper
  • Bee Balm
  • Columbine
  • Lupine
  • Yucca
  • Impatiens
  • Petunia
  • Various Salvia species

Give a garden or landscape the added attraction of hummingbirds by selected plants they like. A gardener can relax in the morning or evening over coffee or wine watching them flitter by. Be aware that hummingbirds are territorial, so a gardener may want several feeders or plant locations.


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Thanks for the info Steph. I love having humming birds around but I don't have too many flowers planted - yet - I am working on it. I did put out one of those humming bird feeders, bought the 'special red stuff' and hung it where I could see it. The damn thing just leaked and attracted so many flies I had to get rid of it. As usual and I should have known, always go natural......

Those are beautiful!  Thank you for posting the information - that's really great!    I read that hummingbirds also eat insects, which is good too.

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I love hummers too.  I just use the sugar water, 1/3 cup per cup of water.  The feeder does leak a little.  Some feeders leak a lot worse than others.  In my yard, the hummers especially loe Crocosmia.  I like that the variety is "Lucifer".   One of my coworkers admired it and I offered a start, which she liked but she was not at all happy with the name.

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Even when I can't see them, I often hear them.

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