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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)

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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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