Don't Plant These Popular Flowers If You're Trying To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard

Echinacea coneflower Proven to attract birds, bees, and butterflies, coneflowers are easy to cultivate perennials. Not everyone attracts hummers with these enormous, stunning blooms; others swear they've never seen birds dine from them.  

Long-beaked hummingbirds like longer, tubular flowers like the firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis) with its bright scarlet blooms. You may also try hummingbird fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica), which our little buddies love.

Oriental Poppies Hummingbirds love red flowers, so red oriental poppies may attract them to your yard. Some have found that hummers don't visit this flower, possibly because it's not tubular.

Instead of planting these, consider red hibiscus blossoms (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) or red petunias (Petunioideae) for hummingbirds.

The iris Some say irises attract hummingbirds, but others say they've never seen them. Perhaps the faint blueish-purple tint can't compete with the garden's brighter blooms. If these small birds don't visit your irises, plant red instead of blue.

The tulips Tulips are popular in gardens because to their beautiful colors and large globular blooms, but hummingbirds don't like them. This may be because they offer less nectar than other flowers these feathery friends devour.  

The rose Stop putting roses in your garden to attract hummingbirds. Even though they're red, birds don't like them because they have little nectar. Additionally, their holes are too large for hummingbirds to drink from.  

Paeonia We love this flower in bouquets, but hungry hummingbirds don't eat it. Hummingbirds presumably don't like peony because of their form. The puffy petals make the core hard to reach.

Narcissus flowers These cheerful spring blooms are popular in gardens but not with hummingbirds. Hummingbirds don't like yellow flowers since they lack nectar and aren't attractive.