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. 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. 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
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    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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  3. Red Penstemon pinifolius Compactum, Penstemon pinifolius Compactum, Compact Pineleaf Penstemon

    Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for water-wise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growi...

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    Compact Pineleaf Penstemon Compact Pineleaf Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius Compactum
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Compactum is hands down one of the very best native wildflowers for water-wise gardens. This tiny shrub has a profusion of bright scarlet flowers in late spring and tidy, tight growing branches of evergreen pine needle-like leaves. Perfect for borders or accenting larger perennials. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  4. 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
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    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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  5. Yellow Ribes odoratum Crandall, Ribes odoratum 'Crandall', Crandall's Clove Scented Currant

    4-6' tall x 4-6' wide. 'Crandall' currant is a fast-growing heirloom fruiting shrub with fragrant bright-yellow mid-spring flowers followed by large edible blue-black currants. Ribes...

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    Crandall's Clove Scented Currant (Ribes) Crandall's Clove Scented Currant Ribes odoratum Crandall
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    4-6' tall x 4-6' wide. 'Crandall' currant is a fast-growing heirloom fruiting shrub with fragrant bright-yellow mid-spring flowers followed by large edible blue-black currants. Ribes odoratum Crandall has beautifully colored fall foliage too. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  6. 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
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    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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  7. 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 Sale $9.59
    Per Plant - 2.5" 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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  8. 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
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    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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  9. 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
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    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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  10. Orange Asclepias tuberosa, Asclepias tuberosa, Clay-Orange Butterfly Weed

    Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) is a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and very attractive to many varieties of butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant...

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    Butterfly Weed (Clay Form) Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa (Clay Form)
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot

    Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) is a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and very attractive to many varieties of butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant of The Year 2017. This special selection of the wildflower Orange Butterfly Weed is unique in its ability to grow in heavier soils including clay. Typically, Asclepias grows in sandy soils. Highly attractive to monarchs and other butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 15-18" tall x 15-18" wide..

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  11. Oenothera fremontii Shimmer, Shimmer Evening Primrose

    'Shimmer' is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The narrow leave...

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    Shimmer Evening Primrose Shimmer Evening Primrose Oenothera fremontii Shimmer
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Shimmer' is all about foliage, flowers, and texture. Blooming with 3-inch bright lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, the plant re-blooms during the summer months. The narrow leaves are pewter-gray and very attractive. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction; Discovered in the garden of Lauren Springer Ogden. 2007 Plant of the Year.
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