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Trumpet Creeper and Hummingbirds

As a hummingbird enthusiast, my mom knew that  hummingbirds like plants which are rich in nectar.  Each year she would look for new plants to add to that year’s collection which were intended to try and entice the hummingbirds to our yard.  There was often no telling what mom’s choices would be, but you could be assured that the choices would be very bright and colorful, and that there would be plenty of the flowers and plants that were commonly known to attract hummingbirds in our area of the country. Even though mom knew that the hummingbirds liked plants rich in nectar, I doubt that she ever wondered which one produces the highest volume of nectar per bloom.  Regardless of this fact,  if she were still alive today, I know that she would be interested in the answer that I am now able to give all of you who read this post.  

According to the Hummingbird Society, the Trumpet Creeper is known for producing the highest volume of nectar per bloom.  If you choose to grow Trumpet Creeper, you will want to trim back the vines of it each fall to help ensure that you create a short plant that has many blooms.

Prior to doing some research for this post, I had never before heard of Trumpet Creeper, but I can now see why it would be a favorite with the hummingbirds, because the hummingbird is known to select the flower that has the highest nectar output and richest concentration of sugars, regardless of the shape or color of the flower.

I do not know if my mom had ever heard of Trumpet Creeper or not, but if she had heard of it, I feel certain that it would have eventually made it in to our yard in the hope of attracting the hummingbirds.  So, if this plant will grow in your area of the country, why not consider placing it in your yard?  The hummingbirds will be extremely glad you did and I’m sure you will be too.

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