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hummingbird.jpgFound only in the Americas, the hummingbird family includes 383 species, but only 16 live in North America. Hummingbirds like bright-colored flowers with lots of nectar, often they are red. Hummingbirds must feed 3 to 5 times per hour and may become reliant on your garden for food, but there may be periods when there are no blossoms from which they can get nectar. Even with a garden of plants, it is a good idea to provide hummingbird feeders.

Never fill your feeders with anything but sugar-water mix of 1 part white sugar to 4 parts water. Do not use food coloring of any kind, and never use molasses, honey, sugar substitutes, powdered, brown sugar or nutrient mixtures (these can develop a fungus which can be fatal to hummingbirds). Wash the feeder each time you refill it. Scrub feeders occasionally with a brush, after a soaking in a mild bleach-water mixture (1 part bleach to 9 parts water), which kills any bacteria in the feeder.

Hummingbirds are very territorial and will defend flowers and feeders from other hummers. If possible, space food sources out of sight from one another, or as far apart as possible, up to 30 feet.

While hummingbirds need nectar, insects, such as aphids, represent the majority of their diet. According to recent research, hummingbirds may have very small brains but excellent memory when it involves food. Scientists in Britain and Canada, have studied the Rufous hummingbird that lives in the Canadian Rockies. The Rufous hummingbird can remember the location of specific flowers and the last time they visited them.

In the birds'€™ feeding grounds, scientists kept track of how frequently the hummingbirds visited eight artificial flowers filled with a sucrose solution. Once the flowers were empty the scientists refilled half after 10 minutes and other half after 20 minutes.

Scientists discovered that the birds returned to the flowers according to the refill schedule. The flowers refilled every ten minutes were visited by the hummingbirds sooner than those refilled every 20 minutes. They believe that the hummingbird'€™s brain has become extremely developed because they travel long distances and do no€™t have time and energy to waste looking for food.

Hummingbirds may visit these blooming plants:

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  • Pulmonaria Spot On PP33063 30ct Flat

    Pulmonaria 'Spot On' PP33063 (30)ct Flat

    Pulmonaria 'Spot On' PP33063 CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (30)ct Flat Common Name: Lungwort'Spot On' is a new Pulmonaria for Proven Winners and a new genus to the perennial lineup. Pulmonaria are the perfect choice to signal the end of winter with...

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  • Pulmonaria Pink-a-Blue PPAF 30ct Flat

    Pulmonaria 'Pink-a-Blue' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Pulmonaria 'Pink-a-Blue' PPAF CPBRAF- Proven Winners® (30)ct Flat Common Name: LungwortPink flower buds open to medium blue flowers in early spring. Buds and blooms appear at the same time for an alluring two tone effect. Following flowering a robust...

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  • Perovskia Prime Time PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Perovskia 'Prime Time' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Monarda Pink Chenille PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Pink Chenille' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Monarda Lavender Taffeta PPAF 20ct Flat

    Monarda 'Lavender Taffeta' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Lavandula a Imperial Gem 25 BR Plants

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: English LavenderA compact variety with numerous purple flowers in summer. Proportionate flower stems keep the plant from looking leggy or flopping under the weight of its blooms. The habit is...

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  • Lavandula a Imperial Gem 20ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Imperial Gem' (20)ct Flat Common Name: English LavenderA compact variety with numerous purple flowers in summer. Proportionate flower stems keep the plant from looking leggy or flopping under the weight of its blooms. The habit is...

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  • Kniphofia Red Roulette PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Kniphofia 'Red Roulette' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Iris a Ming Treasure 30ct Flat

    Iris a. 'Ming Treasure' (30)ct Flat

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  • Hemerocallis Lake of Fire 25 BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Lake of Fire' (25) BR Plants

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  • Hibiscus Lilac Crush PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Hibiscus 'Lilac Crush' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Hibiscus Edge of Night PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Hibiscus 'Edge of Night' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Hibiscus Angel Eyes PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Hibiscus 'Angel Eyes' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Heuchera Red Dragon PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Red Dragon' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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    Heuchera 'Pistachio Ambrosia' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Heuchera Frosted Berry PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Frosted Berry' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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    Heuchera 'Ball Gown' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Ball Gown' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DRESSED UP Series (20)ct Flat Common Name: Coral BellsThe chartreuse companion to last year's breakout sensation 'Evening Gown'! Similar to its dark leaved compatriot, 'Ball Gown' has large, heavily...

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  • Heucherella Copper King PPAF 20ct Flat

    Heucherella 'Copper King' PPAF (20)ct Flat

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  • Dianthus Red Rouge PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Red Rouge' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Red Rouge' PPAF - SINGLE LADIES Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksThis series of Dianthus are single and ready to mingle with your landscape. Plants in this series have domed habits covered in multiple layers of large, single flowers. The...

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  • Dianthus Pinky Promise PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Pinky Promise' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Pinky Promise' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksA low, wide plant perfect for mass planting along the front of the border. Soft fuchsia pink flowers completely cover the plant in late spring, with sporadic rebloom providing accent color...

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  • Dianthus Lip Gloss PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Lip Gloss' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Lip Gloss' PPAF - SINGLE LADIES Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksThis series of Dianthus are single and ready to mingle with your landscape. Plants in this series have domed habits covered in multiple layers of large, single flowers. The...

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  • Dianthus Funky Fuchsia PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Funky Fuchsia' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Funky Fuchsia' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® FRUIT PUNCH® Series (30)ct Flat Common Name: PinksFully double fuchsia purple flowers are a new color for the FRUIT PUNCH® series and a unique color for hardy Dianthus. The florist...

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  • Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Red White 30ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Red White (30)ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Red White (30)ct Flat Common Name: ColumbineA series of early flowering Columbine from Kieft Seed. Rose red flowers with white centers. Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also...

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  • Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Purple Blue 30ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Purple Blue (30)ct Flat

    Aquilegia EARLYBIRD Purple Blue (30)ct Flat Common Name: ColumbineA series of early flowering Columbine from Kieft Seed. Wine purple flowers with indigo blue centers. Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders...

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  • Agastache Royal Raspberry PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Royal Raspberry' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Agastache 'Royal Raspberry' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® MEANT TO BEE™ Collection (30)ct Flat Common Name: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird MintThe buzz has already begun over this new collection of Agastache from Proven Winners® Perennials. Members of...

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  • Agastache Queen Nectarine PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Queen Nectarine' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Agastache Blue Bayou PPAF 30ct Flat

    Agastache 'Blue Bayou' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Hypericum calycinum Brigadoon 10ct Quarts

    Hypericum calycinum 'Brigadoon' (10)ct Quarts

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  • Heuchera Twist of Lime PP30618 10ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Twist of Lime' PP30618 (10)ct Quarts

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  • Heuchera Timeless Night PPAF 10ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Timeless Night' PPAF (10)ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Timeless Night' PPAF (10)ct Quarts Common Name: Coral BellsDeep black leaves form a compact mound of foliage. Beautiful medium pink flowers are held on dark pink calyxes. Height: 8.0-10.0 InchesSpread: 16.0-18.0 InchesScape Height: 16.0-18.0...

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  • Heuchera Timeless Glow PPAF 10ct Quarts

    Heuchera 'Timeless Glow' PPAF (10)ct Quarts

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  • Heuchera Berry Timeless PP26357 20ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Berry Timeless' PP26357 (20)ct Flat

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  • Hibiscus Spinderella PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Hibiscus 'Spinderella' PPAF (25) BR Plants

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  • Hibiscus Inner Glow PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Hibiscus 'Inner Glow' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Hibiscus 'Inner Glow' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Rose MallowA unique flower pattern that you wouldn't expect on a Hardy Hibiscus! Rich rose pink flowers have a lavender purple halo at the centers. The flowers cover the dissected, olive green leaves...

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  • Hibiscus Candy Crush PP32587 25 BR Plants

    Hibiscus 'Candy Crush' PP32587 (25) BR Plants

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  • Dianthus Paint the Town Red PPAF 30ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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  • Heuchera Evening Gown PPAF 30ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Evening Gown' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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    Heuchera 'Toffee Tart' PPAF (30)ct Flat

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