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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. Salvia sylvestris May Night, May Night Meadow Sage, Purple Salvia sylvestris May Night

    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and toleran...

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    May Night Salvia May Night Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris May Night
    As low as $9.49 Sale $7.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (May Night Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.
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  2. Blue and Purple Penstemon strictus, Penstemon strictus, Rocky Mountain Penstemon

    Rocky Mountain beardtongue, with its spikes of bright blue flowers and evergreen foliage, is one of the easiest-to-grow Penstemon. Long-lived, this beauty thrives in most any well-dr...

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    Rocky Mountain Penstemon Rocky Mountain Beardtongue Penstemon strictus
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rocky Mountain beardtongue, with its spikes of bright blue flowers and evergreen foliage, is one of the easiest-to-grow Penstemon. Long-lived, this beauty thrives in most any well-drained soil with full sun exposure. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  3. Pink and White Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks, Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks, Red Rocks Hybrid Beardtongue

    Penstemon Red Rocks (Beardtongue) is a superb hybrid variety that blooms most of the summer with large rose-pink flowers. The plants are vigorous and have attractive glossy green fol...

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    Red Rocks Penstemon Red Rocks Hybrid Beardtongue Penstemon mexicali Red Rocks
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Penstemon Red Rocks (Beardtongue) is a superb hybrid variety that blooms most of the summer with large rose-pink flowers. The plants are vigorous and have attractive glossy green foliage. A 1999 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  4. Rocky Mountain Columbine, Aquilegia caerulea

    Rocky Mountain Columbine is planted for its beautiful blue and white flowers. Native to the higher elevations of the intermountain West, is best suited to mountain gardens and areas ...

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    Rocky Mountain Columbine Rocky Mountain Columbine Aquilegia caerulea
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rocky Mountain Columbine is planted for its beautiful blue and white flowers. Native to the higher elevations of the intermountain West, is best suited to mountain gardens and areas of the West with cool nights.
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  5. 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
    $12.99
    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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  6. Hesperaloe parviflora Yellow Texas Yucca flower

    Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow') is a beautiful, uncommon yellow-flowered form of Texas Red Yucca, a low-water garden favorite. Plant it with other Hespe...

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    Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe) Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora Yellow
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow') is a beautiful, uncommon yellow-flowered form of Texas Red Yucca, a low-water garden favorite. Plant it with other Hesperaloes to create superb bi-colored combinations that are sure to draw hummingbirds to your garden.
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  7. Red and Orange Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler, Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler, Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine

    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a non-stop bloomer coloring the garden from late spring through the summer with showy clusters of orange-red flowers. Considered to be the lon...

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    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a non-stop bloomer coloring the garden from late spring through the summer with showy clusters of orange-red flowers. Considered to be the longest blooming variety of honeysuckle and a superior flower for the hummingbirds. 2010 Plant of the Year.
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  8. Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Exclusive. Coconino County desert beardtongue is an incredible bloomer with numerous spikes of intensely deep pink tubular flowers in late spring. A willing re-seeder, it spreads ge...

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    Coconino County Desert Penstemon Coconino County Desert Beardtongue Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino County
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive. Coconino County desert beardtongue is an incredible bloomer with numerous spikes of intensely deep pink tubular flowers in late spring. A willing re-seeder, it spreads gently, helping to fill in difficult-to-plant areas. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  9. Prunus besseyi ‘PS’ (Pawnee Buttes) Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and show...

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    Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry (Prunus) Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry Prunus besseyi P011S
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and showy mahogany-red foliage in the fall. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant. Prunus besseyi P011S is a 2000 Plant Select® introduction. 12-18" tall x 4-6' wide.
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  10. Red Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain

    24-36" tall x 15" wide. The Richfield form of Eaton's Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring blooming with tall spikes...

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    Firecracker Penstemon Richfield Strain Richfield Strain Firecracker Beardtongue Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain
    As low as $8.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    24-36" tall x 15" wide. The Richfield form of Eaton's Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring blooming with tall spikes of brilliant red flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  11. Yellow Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure, Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure, Dwarf Golden Spur Columbine

    Exclusive. Little Treasure is a dwarf yellow flowered form of a columbine native to the shady canyons of southern New Mexico. The bright flowers face upwards to the sky and attract...

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    Little Treasure Dwarf Spur Columbine Little Treasure Dwarf Spur Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha v. chaplinei Little Treasure
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Little Treasure is a dwarf yellow flowered form of a columbine native to the shady canyons of southern New Mexico. The bright flowers face upwards to the sky and attract hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  12. Mahonia haematocarpa, Red Berry Mahonia

    Red Berry Mahonia is valued for its fragrant yellow late-spring flowers and profusion of large red fruit that ripen in late summer. Mahonia haematocarpa one of our toughest and most ...

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    Red Barberry (Mahonia) Red Barberry, Red Oregon Grape Mahonia haematocarpa
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Red Berry Mahonia is valued for its fragrant yellow late-spring flowers and profusion of large red fruit that ripen in late summer. Mahonia haematocarpa one of our toughest and most ornamental native, broadleaf evergreen shrubs. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 6-12 ft. tall x 6-12 ft. wide.
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  13. Philadelphus microphyllus Desert Snow Mock Orange

    Desert Snow Littleleaf Mockorange (Philadelphus microphyllus 'Desert Snow') is an especially showy selection of our native Littleleaf Mockorange. It blooms in late spring with huge, ...

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    Desert Snow Mock Orange (Philadelphus) Desert Snow Mock Orange Philadelphus microphyllus Desert Snow
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Desert Snow Littleleaf Mockorange (Philadelphus microphyllus 'Desert Snow') is an especially showy selection of our native Littleleaf Mockorange. It blooms in late spring with huge, highly fragrant white flowers.
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  14. Blue Penstemon virens, Penstemon virens, Blue Mist Beardtongue

    This beautiful, small growing species is native to the open Ponderosa forests and foothills of eastern CO and WY. The dainty spikes of blue, lavender-throated flowers are held over e...

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    Blue Mist Penstemon Blue Mist Beardtongue Penstemon virens
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    This beautiful, small growing species is native to the open Ponderosa forests and foothills of eastern CO and WY. The dainty spikes of blue, lavender-throated flowers are held over evergreen rosettes of dark green foliage. A delight in the late spring garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  15. White Agapanthus sp. Cold hardy White, Agapanthus sp. 'Cold hardy White', Cold Hardy White African Lily

    15" tall x 12"-15" wide. A cold hardy Lily of the Nile, 'Cold Hardy White' Agapanthus blooms in mid-summer with showy clusters of bright white flowers. Deciduous foliage....

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    White Lily Of The Nile (Agapanthus) White Lily Of The Nile Agapanthus sp. Cold Hardy White
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    15" tall x 12"-15" wide. A cold hardy Lily of the Nile, 'Cold Hardy White' Agapanthus blooms in mid-summer with showy clusters of bright white flowers. Deciduous foliage.
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  16. Arrowleaf Buckwheat, Eriogonum compositum, clusters of creamy white flowers

    Arrowleaf Buckwheat (Eriogonum compositum) is a lovely Sulphur Buckwheat with large, showy clusters of creamy white or light yellow flowers and low-growing rosette of large heart-sha...

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    Arrowleaf Buckwheat Arrowleaf Buckwheat Eriogonum compositum
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Arrowleaf Buckwheat (Eriogonum compositum) is a lovely Sulphur Buckwheat with large, showy clusters of creamy white or light yellow flowers and low-growing rosette of large heart-shaped leaves. Beautiful late spring blooms add playful texture to the garden. Native to the dry areas of the Pacific Northwest, this buckwheat is an essential habitat plant for butterflies, beneficial insects, and wildlife.
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  17. Pink Chilopsis linearis Paradise, Chilopsis linearis Paradise, Paradise Desert Willow

    20-25' tall x 15-20' wide. Large growing and cold hardy with big fragrant pink flowers, Chilopsis linearis 'Paradise' Desert Willow is a fantastic flowering tree for hot, sunny, poor...

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    Paradise Desert Willow Paradise Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Paradise
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    20-25' tall x 15-20' wide. Large growing and cold hardy with big fragrant pink flowers, Chilopsis linearis 'Paradise' Desert Willow is a fantastic flowering tree for hot, sunny, poor soil sites. Suitable for zones 5b - 9. Native. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  18. Yellow Phlomis russeliana, Lampwick Plant, Jerusalem Sage Close Up

    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly...

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    Hardy Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis) Hardy Jerusalem Sage Phlomis russeliana
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly known as Hardy Jerusalem Sage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  19. Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

    Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a beautifully unusual plant with white, ball-shaped flowers and long strap-like foliage; highly attractive to and butterflies and native ...

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    Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium) Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a beautifully unusual plant with white, ball-shaped flowers and long strap-like foliage; highly attractive to and butterflies and native bees. Native the Midwestern prairies.
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  20. Southwestern Black Cherry, Prunus serotina v. virens, close up of red berries

    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is an essential addition to bird-friendly gardens. This attractive small-to-medium-sized native tree blooms in late spring with delicate, ...

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    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus) Southwestern Black Cherry Prunus serotina var. virens
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Southwestern Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is an essential addition to bird-friendly gardens. This attractive small-to-medium-sized native tree blooms in late spring with delicate, fragrant white flower clusters that attract butterflies and bees. Following small black cherries are eagerly eaten by songbirds. With a handsome trunk and branches, attractive foliage, and ornamental flowers and fruit, is an excellent choice for gardens small and large.
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  21. Chilopsis linearis Conchas Dam Pink - Photo by Customer

    10-12' tall x 8-10' wide. Exclusive. Chilopsis liinearis 'Conchas Dam Pink' (Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow) is a new super cold hardy selection of Desert Willow with large, beautifu...

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    Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Conchas Dam Pink
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    10-12' tall x 8-10' wide. Exclusive. Chilopsis liinearis 'Conchas Dam Pink' (Conchas Dam Pink Desert Willow) is a new super cold hardy selection of Desert Willow with large, beautiful pure pink flowers! This small tree is drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  22. White chilopsis linearis Hope, White Desert Willow

    A profusion of lightly fragrant white flowers cover this small growing native tree beginning in late spring. A very cold hardy cultivar, plant where it will get heat and sun. Drought...

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    Hope Desert Willow Hope Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Hope
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A profusion of lightly fragrant white flowers cover this small growing native tree beginning in late spring. A very cold hardy cultivar, plant where it will get heat and sun. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 12-15 ft. tall x 12-15 ft. wide.
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  23. Western Native Penstemon Collection

    A favorite of hummingbirds, these western native Penstemon plants will brighten your garden with jewel-toned blooms from mid-spring to early summer. 12 plants, four varieties in purp...

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    Western Native Penstemon Collection Western Native Penstemon Collection
    $109.38
    Per Collection of 4
    A favorite of hummingbirds, these western native Penstemon plants will brighten your garden with jewel-toned blooms from mid-spring to early summer. 12 plants, four varieties in purple, deep pink, orange and red, with varying heights. Vigorous and hardy, prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Western native plants.
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  24. Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue, Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow

    Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow (Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue) is an English selection of our native pineleaf Penstemon grown for its bright yellow tubular flowers that cover the p...

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    Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow (Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue) is an English selection of our native pineleaf Penstemon grown for its bright yellow tubular flowers that cover the plant in late spring/early summer. This small shrub has attractive evergreen, pine-needle like foliage and a tidy mounding for. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 12" tall x 15" wide
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