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Q:

How can I attract hummingbirds to my garden?

A:

The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only one found regularly in our northeast area. Its arrival in spring coincides with the blooming of certain nectar-producing plants with which it has coevolved over the millennia. Nectar plants provide a high-energy food source for these tiny creatures who can produce up to 200 wing strokes per second. Planting native species that the ruby-throated hummingbird knows as a reliable source of nectar is an important consideration in encouraging visitation. These plants include: Monarda didyma, Asclepias tuberosa, Dicentra exima, Lobelia cardinalis, Ipomoea coccinea, Polygonatum biflorum, and Aquilegia canadensis. Some shrubs, although not native, are attractive sources as well: Weigela, Hibiscus, and Kolkwitzia.

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