Attracting Hummingbirds with Ornamental Grasses

Select Native Varieties: Choose native ornamental grass species like purple muhly grass or little bluestem, which provide nectar-rich flowers and seed heads that hummingbirds love.

Create Shelter: Tall ornamental grasses like Mexican feather grass or switchgrass offer shelter and nesting material for hummingbirds, attracting them to your garden.

Provide Perching Spots: Ornamental grasses with stiff stems or seed heads serve as natural perches for hummingbirds to rest and survey their surroundings.

Plant in Clusters: Plant ornamental grasses in clusters or drifts near hummingbird feeders or flowering plants to create natural staging areas that attract hummingbirds.

Offer Vertical Interest: Tall grass varieties add vertical interest to your garden landscape, making it more appealing to hummingbirds seeking elevated vantage points.

Ensure Continuous Blooms: Choose grass species that bloom at different times throughout the season to provide a continuous source of nectar for hummingbirds.

Enhance Habitat Diversity: Incorporating a variety of ornamental grass species in your garden enhances habitat diversity, attracting a wider range of hummingbird species.

Provide Seed Heads: Select grass species with seed heads that hummingbirds can feed on, such as fountain grass or pampas grass, to supplement their diet.

Many tropical hummingbirds are nonmigratory because their surroundings are favorable year-round. Even in North America, some live permanently. Some Anna's hummingbirds live year-round along the Pacific Coast, while others only visit in the warmer months.