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: Bee Balm, Monarda didyma, Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, Bleeding Heart, Dicentra exima, Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, Morning Glory, Ipomoea coccinea, Smooth Solomon’s Seal, Polygonatum biflorum, and Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis. Some shrubs, although not native, are attractive sources as well: Weigela and Hibiscus.