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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.

 

 

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Eastern red columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

Cardinal flower
Lobelia cardinalis

Turk's cap
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii

Scarlet sage
Salvia coccinea

Mountain sage
Salvia regla

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