Although spring is still weeks away, it is not too early to begin thinking about what you are going to plant in your hummingbird gardens. My wife and I are already making decisions as to what we are going to be adding to our gardens. If you are doing the same, I would like to suggest you consider planting eastern columbine (Aquilegia Canadensis).
It is a native woodland plant here in the Peach State that also grows in full sun. There are a number of species of columbines that grow in the western United States; however, the eastern columbine is the only one native to Georgia.
One thing that I like about this plant is its blossoms. As you can readily see from the accompanying photo, the red and yellow blooms are unlike any of our other wildflowers.
While both sweat bees and bumblebees visit the flowers, the plant’s main pollinator is the ruby-throated hummingbird.
Interestingly the blossoms of this red columbine contain almost twice and much nectar as columbines sporting blossoms with other colors.
If you are looking for a native hummingbird nectar plant that is beautiful, unique, and a great source of food for one of your favorite birds, plant a patch of eastern columbines.