It is appealing to hummingbirds! Alliums come in a variety of forms and sizes, and they are a lot of fun to cultivate. Allium looks best when combined with other summer bloomers. Try planting bulbs between stepping-stones or along a path. When planted in groups, these flowers attract many different birds to your yard.
The largest genus in the onion family, Allium, contains more than 100 species worldwide. Most alliums have flat stems topped by a spherical head filled with small brownish green balls called cloves. The leaves are round or flat, with a hollow stalk up to 20 inches long. They vary in shape from broad leaved varieties such as Queen Anne's Lace and French Toulouse Lily, to narrow leaved types such as Wall Onion and Chinese Garlic. The leaves can be used as cooking ingredients themselves; for example, the flat leaf of the Spanish onion is popular in Spain to cover meat dishes before they go into the oven.
Hummingbirds like to eat flower power! They consume large quantities of nectar daily to fuel their energetic flights and to fill their colorful bellies. With hundreds of species found only in North America, Asia, and South America, no one knows exactly how many hummingbirds there are but scientists estimate that several hundred thousand individuals live here.
Brightly colored tubular blooms retain the most nectar and are very appealing to hummingbirds. Perennials such as bee balms, columbines, daylilies, and lupines; biennials such as foxgloves and hollyhocks; and several annuals such as cleomes, impatiens, and petunias are among them. Hummingbirds also like vegetables, but they're not as likely to visit those plants if they can't find any sugar-rich flowers along their route through the garden.
A hummingbird's diet consists mainly of sweet fruits and juices, but they will also eat vegetables if no other food is available. They get much of their energy from sugars found in plants. A hummingbird's flight is short and fast, so it needs quick energy delivery systems in order to be able to fly long distances and return home for more food. Thus, birds use their tongues to sample the air near plants looking for signs of sweetness. The strongest signals then cause them to stop and feed.
In addition to its attraction to color, shape, and motion, a hummingbird visits a flower because it finds food inside it. Most flowers contain nectar, which is liquid food produced by plants for their pollinators (in this case, hummingbirds). Some flowers also contain foods other than nectar, such as pollen or seeds. These foods are useful for birds because they help them reproduce.
Aloe vera is a beautiful and drought-tolerant plant that attracts hummingbirds and can be cultivated in practically any yard. The flowers are red, with a yellow center, and reach up to 4 inches long. This plant grows in sun or light shade and does not require much water once it has dried out after flowering.
Aloe vera leaves are large and soft, with sharp edges. They contain many sugary glands that produce an acidic liquid that is very toxic to insects that eat the leaves. Hummingbirds like the taste of this juice and use it as a source of sugar during migration. It cannot be consumed by humans but is used by doctors when making poultices for other plants.
This attractive plant has spiky green foliage and reaches about 30 inches tall. It makes a great addition to gardens because of its hardiness and low maintenance requirements. If you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard, you should consider planting aloe vera.