Clover can be a great companion for many hummingbirds.
1.Do not keep it from blooming.
2.Control bees, hornets, wasps, ants, and flies.
3.Don’t let it get damaged by the dead and dying flowers.
4.Don’t allow the plant to get eaten by rats.
5.Remember to choose plants with a lot of funguses (bugs that can eat the blooms out).
6.Close cracks and pits in the garden to prevent sun that raises the temperature
high enough to kill the plant.
Other general rules for hummingbird care are:
1.Don’t feed hummingbirds food outside in the garden until you see them under the feeder.
2.Make sure they are not hungry.
3.Keep hummingbirds away from their feeding area.
4.Shut off lights.
5.Remove pollinating flowers.
6.Keep hummingbirds away from the house.
Stromanthe Sanguinea is a member of the Ostrea genus. It is a deciduous shrub that grows to over 2 feet tall. Stromanthe attracts hummingbirds with a native fragrance made from a compound of carpentreoids (a type of plant vetiver) and tannins (an essential oil).
Stay tuned for an update next week when we discuss hummingbird feeders for stromanthe. Until then, this article highlights some other species that the hummingbirds feed on in your garden.
Tip of the day: Plant alyssum (a spicy-flavored mums) in a pot in full sun and you will attract hummingbirds with this spring.
Photo by Pam Robinson