En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
3 ratings

Thursday - April 24, 2008

From: Driftwood, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildlife Gardens
Title: Native nectar plants for hummingbirds in Central Texas
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Ref: Cen.Tx. Hummingbird plants I am seeking a list of appropriate plants with lots of nectar to attract hummingbirds in Central Texas. I live in Hays County between Kyle & Wimberley in a mostly wild & native yard, but I would like to plant some vines for an arbor & also some pots for my porch & balcony. (Water is an issue as we are on a well & do not water the yard, but do water my planted pots.) The general 'red & tubular blooms' idea doesn't always lead to plants with quality nectar which will help hummers, or that can deal with our Cen.Tx. heat. I have done some searching online & at garden centers, but the results are poor. Any ideas you could offer would be greatly appreciated by me & "my" hummingbirds! Thank you for your help.

ANSWER:

Happily, someone has already thought of this. In our Recommended Species section, under "Just for Texans" is this list of plants "Hummingbird Plants for Central Texas." This gave us 30 plants from which to choose. We picked out 8 of our personal favorites, but you should look at the webpage description of each of the 30 to make your own decisions about whether it can be planted in a pot, whether it will work in your landscape and whether it needs the right amount of water, light, etc. Since you are in Hays County, near Austin, we have this list of Native Plant Suppliers in the Austin area.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii (Wright's desert honeysuckle)

Bignonia capreolata (crossvine)

Hesperaloe parviflora (redflower false yucca)

Ipomopsis rubra (standing-cypress)

Lantana urticoides (West Indian shrubverbena)

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (wax mallow)

Monarda citriodora (lemon beebalm)

Salvia coccinea (blood sage)


Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

Bignonia capreolata

Hesperaloe parviflora

Ipomopsis rubra

Lantana urticoides

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Monarda citriodora

Salvia coccinea

 

 

More Wildlife Gardens Questions

Wildlife Attracting Plants for a Shady Patio
July 03, 2014 - We have a concrete patio that receives 2-3 hours of sunlight a day, so the only plants we will be able to grow will be in container. We are looking for plants that do well in shade, and containers and...
view the full question and answer

Larval host plants for Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies
October 31, 2009 - I am looking for a list of larval host plants for Painted Lady butterflies. Could you provide such a list?
view the full question and answer

Wildlife Habitat Restoration in Quebec, Canada
December 30, 2009 - Hi there. What are the best trees and shrubs for wildlife restoration in Quebec? thanks!
view the full question and answer

Colony of bees nesting in sycamore
July 06, 2010 - I have a very large, old sycamore tree that has recently become home to a colony of honey bees. They have taken up dwelling in a hollow limb of the tree about 25 feet off the ground. While this is gre...
view the full question and answer

Plant for deep shade in Pennsylvania
April 09, 2013 - Hi! I am landscaping our house and trying to use only plants that provide seasonal benefit to bees, butterflies, birds etc. not the deer though. My question is that I have a fairly steep slope of abou...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center