Rent Shop Volunteer Join

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

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - March 28, 2012

From: smithville, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildlife Gardens, Shade Tolerant, Herbs/Forbs
Title: Hummingbird Attracting Plants for Shade in Smithville, TX
Answered by: Mike Tomme

QUESTION:

I want hummingbird plants for shade.

ANSWER:

Short question, short answer:

Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine)

Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower)

Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii (Turk's cap or turkscap)

Salvia coccinea (Scarlet sage)

Salvia regla (Mountain sage)

You will want to check the link for each plant to make sure it is suitable for your specific site.

 

 

From the Image Gallery


Eastern red columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

Cardinal flower
Lobelia cardinalis

Turkscap
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Scarlet sage
Salvia coccinea

Mountain sage
Salvia regla

More Wildlife Gardens Questions

Wildlife management tax exemption
May 15, 2007 - I live on 10 acres of prairie land near Austin. I want to learn about drying and pressing and gluing and preserving wildflowers as art in pictures and bookmarks and cards. My attempts have failed an...
view the full question and answer

Neighborhood association wanting wildflowers mowed from Grand Prairie TX
July 14, 2013 - For at least 15 years, I have been fostering growth of wildflowers in 60% of my 90x400' yard which include 150' utility trunkline easement in which I can plant no trees. This year, we had volunteer ...
view the full question and answer

Birds attracted to wax myrtles in Austin
January 12, 2010 - Hello! We are considering planting Wax Myrtles in our relatively small SW Austin backyard. I'm excited about its ability to create quick privacy, but I was wondering specifically, what types of bird...
view the full question and answer

Bird attracting plants in Northeast U.S.
March 22, 2004 - What plants will attract birds in zone 6 (Northeast) in the spring and early summer?
view the full question and answer

Plants for butterflies and hummingbirds in Louisville, KY
March 31, 2009 - Mr. Smarty Plants, I live in Louisville KY. I have a waterfall and ponds connected by a small stream. I want to plant several plants around my waterfall- approx. 20 sq ft on both sides of waterfall....
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.