Hummingbird Garden Plants


Native plants for hummingbirds can provide moisture, food, cover for protection and nesting sites.

Selecting a combination of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that flower at different times of the year will ensure that local hummingbirds have enough food and liquids year-round. In particular, fall and winter flowering plants can be very important for survival.


The list below focuses on food (nectar) plants.





Common Name


Growth Form

Flowering Season

Abutilon palmeri Indian Mallow Mallow Shrub Spring to summer
Achillea millefolium Common Yarrow Sunflower Perennial Spring to summer
Agave deserti Desert Century Plant Lily Succulent Spring
Agave shawii Shaw’s Century Plant Lily Succulent Spring
Aquilegia formosa Western Columbine Buttercup Perennial Late spring
Arctostaphylos spp. and cultivars Manzanita Heath Shrub Winter
Calliandra eriophylla Fairy Duster Pea Shrub Spring to summer
Ceanothus spp. and cultivars Wild Lilac Buckthorn Shrub Spring
Chilopsis linearis and cultivars Desert Willow Bignonia Tree Summer
Comarostaphylis diversifolia Summer Holly Heath Shrub Late spring
Dudleya spp. Live Forever Stonecrop Succulent Spring to summer
Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume Rose Shrub Spring to summer
Galvezia speciosa Bush Snapdragon Figwort Shrub Summer
Heuchera spp. and cultivars Coral Bells Saxifrage Perennial Spring
Hyptis emoryi Desert Lavender Mint Shrub Spring to summer
Ipomopsis spp. Scarlet Gilia Phlox Perennial Spring to summer
Justicia californica Belloperone Acanthus Shrub Spring to summer
Keckiellespp. Keckiella Figwort Shrub Summer
Lavatera spp. and cultivars Tree Mallow Mallow Shrub, small tree Spring to summer
Lilim (some species) Lily Lily Perennial Late spring
Mahonia (Berberis) spp. and cultivars Barberry Barberry Shrub Spring
Malacothamnus spp. and cultivars Bush Mallow Mallow Perennials, shrub Spring to summer
Mimulus (Diplacus) spp. and cultivars Monkey Flower Figwort Annulas, perennials, shrubs Spring
Mirabilis californica spp. Wishbone Bush Four O'Clock Perennial Spring
Monardella spp. and cultivars Mints, Balms Mint Perennial Spring
Nolina parryi Beargrass Lily Shrub-like Spring
Penstemon spp. and cultivars Snapdragons Figwort Perennials, shrubs Spring, summer
Rhododendron occidentale spp. Western Azalea Heath Shrub Spring, fall
Rhus integrifolia Lemonade Berry Sumac, Cashew Shrub Spring
Rhus ovata Sugar Bush Sumac, Cashew Shrub Spring
Ribes spp. and cultivars Wild Currant Gooseberry Shrub Late fall, winter, spring
Salvia spp. and cultivars Sages Mints Annuals, perennials, shrubs Spring, fall
Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Mallow Mallow Shrub Spring, summer, fall
Trichostema lanatum and cultivars Woolly Blue Curls Mint Shrub Spring and summer
Yucca spp. Yucca Lilly Shrub-like Spring
Zauschneria (Epilobium) spp. California Fuchsia Evening-Primrose Perennial Summer and fall