plants that attract hummingbirds but not bees?

plants that attract hummingbirds but not bees?

12 January, 2010 (02:15) | how to attract hummingbirds | By: admin

do any of you know any plants that attract hummingbirds but not bees? i live in San Joaquin, CA, and i think that’s zone 9. any ideas?

hummingbirds come to the pomegranate bush in my garden … small red flowers

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Comment from rabies1979
Time January 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

hummingbirds love the color red. Get a plant with lots of red flowers for the biggest chance of attracting them
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Comment from nc_strawberry
Time January 12, 2010 at 8:10 am

if you go to a local nursery, they can help you better. i don’t know any particular names.

you can,however, buy a hummingbird feeder to hang up whereever…you just put a sugar water solution in it. only the hummingbirds can get to it and i have never know it to attract bees, because the hole is too small and deep for bees to notice the feeders too much.
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Comment from tonalc1
Time January 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

Here’s a list:

They’re attracted to color and nectar, so you’d want to go more for the colorful flowers as opposed to the nectar-filled (which bees love).
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Comment from Cindy B
Time January 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

Bees are looking for pollen and hummingbirds are looking for nectar. In many cases they like the same plants — at slightly different times.

Keep in mind that bees that are foraging for pollen are NOT interested in YOU! They will not seek you out to sting you!

You should check out the Sunset Garden Book. It has lots of info for California gardens and has a special section devoted to plants that hummingbirds like. I am sure that your local library will have a copy!!

Good Luck!
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Comment from lukynluv
Time January 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

Every flower I know attracts bees but usually they won’t bother u unless u threaten it by swatting at it, flowers for hummingbirds are trumpet vines yellow and red, cheapest I’ve seen is Michigan, or any red or brightly colored flowers. and they give you the zones for timely planting.
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Comment from fluffernut
Time January 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

Bees are geared towards blue flowers with more open "throats" whereas the hummers will first go to the red flowers, later the other colors. Since hummers have the longer tongues and long beak, they will be able to sip from the long, narrow throated flower a bee can’t reach.

Bees need both pollen and nectar. The pollen to feed to the brood (babies), nectar is the basis for honey. Plants don’t necessarily produce both. Almond flowers are mostly pollen and professional beekeepers working almond orchards must feed their bees least they starve to death….in fact many do anyway.
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Comment from OldGringo
Time January 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

hummingbirds come to the pomegranate bush in my garden … small red flowers
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Comment from Rich Z
Time January 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

You need ones in which the nectar is far down in the throat of the flower. That encourages humming birds which have a long reach but is a turnoff for bees. Phlox are ones we have had great luck with.
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Comment from mdb1369
Time January 12, 2010 at 11:43 am

hummingbird bush (clethra alnifolia)
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