Bird Attracting Plants

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Bird Attracting Plants

The best bird attracting plants include native fruit-bearing shrubs and trees and native perennial plants that provide seeds for food. Ornamental grasses are important to a bird-friendly garden, as they provide shelter and nesting material. Native plants are best for birds because they will host caterpillars and other insects to feed their young. Our Regional Native Songbird Gardens combine the best native song-bird plants for each region.

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  1. Yellow Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm, Black Eyed Susan

    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter ...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter food for seed-eating songbirds as well. Reliable and tough, Rudbeckia tolerates both drought and clay plus easy to maintain.
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  2. Echinacea purpurea Magnus, Photo Credit by Walter's Garden

    Magnus is a distinctive, vigorous and large growing cone flower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the cone, instead ...

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    Magnus Echinacea Magnus Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Magnus
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Magnus is a distinctive, vigorous and large growing cone flower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the cone, instead of curving backwards as is typical of most coneflowers.
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  3. Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flower...

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    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot

    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flowers appear in mid-summer and age to blonde seed heads by fall. They are held on the plant right through the winter to provide many months of interest. 2011 Plant of The Year

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  4. Red Salvia greggii Furman's Red, Salvia greggii Furman's Red, Furman's Red Texas Sage

    2005 Plant Select Winner. 24-36" tall x 18" wide. Furman's Red is one of the most cold hardy of the native Salvia greggii family. Blooming in late spring and again in the fall, the p...

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    Furman's Red Texas Salvia Furman's Red Texas Sage Salvia greggii Furman's Red
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    2005 Plant Select Winner. 24-36" tall x 18" wide. Furman's Red is one of the most cold hardy of the native Salvia greggii family. Blooming in late spring and again in the fall, the plant covers itself with bright red flowers that attract the hummingbirds from miles around. Sweetly aromatic foliage too. A 2005 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  5. Purple Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome Close Up Bloom

    'Purple Dome' is a New England type aster that blooms in early fall with hundreds of deep lavender-purple flowers. This dwarf plant has a neat mounding habit and is a perfect choice ...

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    Purple Dome New England Aster Purple Dome New England Aster Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    'Purple Dome' is a New England type aster that blooms in early fall with hundreds of deep lavender-purple flowers. This dwarf plant has a neat mounding habit and is a perfect choice to edge pathways and fill small spaces.
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  6. Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow Wild Berry Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long bloomi...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry
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    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long blooming variety.
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  7. Red Salvia Raspberry Delight, Salvia Raspberry Delight, Raspberry Delight Hybrid Bush Sage

    Exclusive. Raspberry Delight® is an outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer-long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established)....

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    Raspberry Delight® Salvia Raspberry Delight® Hybrid Bush Sage Salvia Raspberry Delight®
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Raspberry Delight® is an outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer-long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established). The aromatic foliage has a sweet herbal scent. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  8. Purple Liatris ligulistylus, Liatris ligulistylus, Meadow Blazingstar

    Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylus) is a showy species from the Mid-Western prairies. Blooming in mid-summer with colorful lavender-purple flowers, it is a magnet for butterfl...

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    Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris) Meadow Blazing Star Liatris ligulistylus
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    Meadow Blazing Star (Liatris ligulistylus) is a showy species from the Mid-Western prairies. Blooming in mid-summer with colorful lavender-purple flowers, it is a magnet for butterflies and bees. It is a wonderful companion for other summer blooming perennials.
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  9. Fallugia paradoxa seed head with bee. Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed...

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    Apache Plume (Fallugia) Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed heads. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  10. Red October Big Bluestem,  Andropogon gerardii 'Red October' PP26283, Close up of red foliage

    'Red October' Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii) is a striking ornamental native prairie grass. This stunning, large bluestem cultivar adds architectural interest and a injects...

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    Red October Big Bluestem Grass Red October Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Red October PP#26,283
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Red October' Big Bluestem Grass (Andropogon gerardii) is a striking ornamental native prairie grass. This stunning, large bluestem cultivar adds architectural interest and a injects a dose of rich scarlet color that contrasts beautifully with the tawny browns and greys of autumn. ‘Red October’ emerges with strong red foliage highlights in spring, and after frost, it finishes the season in deep, glorious scarlet. With year-long visual interest, ‘Red October’ is great for meadow and back of border installations, and is widely adapted to many soil types. Clump forming grass will grow in neat mounds. (Andropogon gerardii)
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  11. Purple Aster novi-belgii Professor Kippenberg close up

    Aster Novi-belgii ‘Professor Kippenberg’ is a reliably blooming New York Aster with late summer/early fall display of blue flowers on tall self-supporting stems....

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    Professor Kippenberg New York Aster Professor Kippenberg New York Aster Aster novi-belgii Professor Kippenberg
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Aster Novi-belgii ‘Professor Kippenberg’ is a reliably blooming New York Aster with late summer/early fall display of blue flowers on tall self-supporting stems.
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  12. Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation

    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25,202) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong up...

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    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation
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    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25,202) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong upright growth habit. Widely adapted for planting across the US. 2018 Plant of The Year
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  13. Asclepias speciosa, Showy Pink Milkweed

    Showy Pink Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is an essential wildflower for supporting Monarch butterflies by providing food for caterpillars and nectar for the adult butterflies. 3-4 ft...

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    Showy Pink Milkweed Showy Pink Milkweed Asclepias speciosa
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Showy Pink Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is an essential wildflower for supporting Monarch butterflies by providing food for caterpillars and nectar for the adult butterflies. 3-4 ft. tall x 24-30" wide.
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  14. Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues Summer Color Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    This western selection of Little Bluestem has gray-blue foliage and a strong, upright habit. This native prairie grass provides seeds for birds and are beneficial for many butterfly ...

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    Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    This western selection of Little Bluestem has gray-blue foliage and a strong, upright habit. This native prairie grass provides seeds for birds and are beneficial for many butterfly species. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  15. Summer's Swan Song Hybrid Ironweed, Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP28556, photo by Jim Ault

    Summer's Swan Song Hybrid Ironweed (Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP#28556) attracts all types of pollinators including bees and monarch butterflies with its profuse early fall displ...

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    Summer's Swan Song Ironweed (Vernonia) Summer's Swan Song Hybrid Ironweed Vernonia Summer's Swan Song PP#28,556
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Summer's Swan Song Hybrid Ironweed (Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP#28556) attracts all types of pollinators including bees and monarch butterflies with its profuse early fall display of nectar-rich flowers. This vigorous native hybrid has dark purple flowers and attractive olive-green foliage held on red stemmed tips. A nicely compact Ironweed, reaching only 36" tall, 40" wide.
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  16. Sporobolus heterolepis Prairie Dropseed Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Prairie Dropseed Grass (Sporobolus heterolepis) is considered to be one of our most ornamental native species. It has graceful, fine-textured foliage with see-through fall seed heads...

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    Prairie Dropseed Grass Prairie Dropseed Grass Sporobolus heterolepis
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    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    Prairie Dropseed Grass (Sporobolus heterolepis) is considered to be one of our most ornamental native species. It has graceful, fine-textured foliage with see-through fall seed heads. An excellent performer in a wide range of conditions and soil types.
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  17. Pink Mirabilis multiflora, Mirablis multiflora, Wild Four O'clock

    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extr...

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    Wild Four O'Clock (Mirabilis) Wild Four O'Clock Mirablis multiflora
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extra water once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  18. First Snow Heath Aster, Aster ericoides 'First Snow' close up

    First Snow Heath Aster (Aster ericoides 'First Snow') is a star of the fall garden, that blooms with a profusion of tiny white flowers held on husky, densely branched stems. The nect...

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    First Snow Heath Aster First Snow Heath Aster Aster ericoides First Snow
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    First Snow Heath Aster (Aster ericoides 'First Snow') is a star of the fall garden, that blooms with a profusion of tiny white flowers held on husky, densely branched stems. The nectar-rich flowers are magnets for attracting all kinds of bees and butterflies including migrating Monarchs. This native aster selection is a sun-lover and easily grown in all types of soil including clay. First Snow Heath Aster is a must-have perennial for late season flowers.
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  19. Purple Liatris, Liatris aspera, Gayfeather

    Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star, Button Blazing Star, Gayfeather) is a large growing, showy drought tolerant species from the Mid-West. The large pink flowers are highly attractiv...

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    Rough Blazing Star (Liatris) Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera
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    Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star, Button Blazing Star, Gayfeather) is a large growing, showy drought tolerant species from the Mid-West. The large pink flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
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  20. Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Fernbush, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It ...

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    Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Fernbush Chamaebatiaria millefolium
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    Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed heads and olive-green foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
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  21. Russian River Coyote Mint, Monardella villosa 'Russian River'

    Russian River Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa 'Russian River') is a superb native CA wildflower that blooms for several months in summer with showy ball-shaped pink-purple flowers. A...

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    Russian River Coyote Mint (Monardella) Russian River Coyote Mint Monardella villosa Russian River
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    Russian River Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa 'Russian River') is a superb native CA wildflower that blooms for several months in summer with showy ball-shaped pink-purple flowers. A small growing shrub that likes well drained soil in dry, full sun conditions, it has strongly fragrant evergreen foliage that repels browsing animals and attracts lots of bees and butterflies to its nectar-rich flowers.
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  22. Monarch Butterfly, Asclepias incarnata, Rose Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed

    Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is a showy pink blooming Asclepias species that is a food plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and a nectar source for adult butterflies. Also...

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    Rose Swamp Milkweed Rose Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is a showy pink blooming Asclepias species that is a food plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and a nectar source for adult butterflies. Also known as Swamp Milkweed, it grows best in moist or wet soils.
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  23. Red and Orange Agastache Coronado Red, Agastache Coronado Red, Coronado Red Hummingbird Mint

    Coronado Red® Hyssop (Agastache Pstessene Coronado® Red) is a distinctive selection of Hummingbird Mint with silver-green foliage and spikes of orange-red flowers. This Agastache p...

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    Coronado® Red Agastache Coronado® Red Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache aurantiaca Pstessene
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Coronado Red® Hyssop (Agastache Pstessene Coronado® Red) is a distinctive selection of Hummingbird Mint with silver-green foliage and spikes of orange-red flowers. This Agastache plant has a very vertical habit and blooms beginning in mid-summer. A 2009 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
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  24. Aquilegia chrysantha, Golden Spur Columbine flower closeup

    30-36" tall x 18" wide. Golden Spur columbine yellow blooms for months beginning in late spring with a profusion of large, cheerful yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds. Allow th...

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    Golden Spur Columbine Golden Spur Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    30-36" tall x 18" wide. Golden Spur columbine yellow blooms for months beginning in late spring with a profusion of large, cheerful yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds. Allow the plant to reseed itself to form colorful long lived colonies. (seed propagated).
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