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Creating a Hummingbird Haven in Northern California

Grow nectar-rich blooms all year long to attract these entertaining pollinators to your garden

Hummingbirds love spring and summer flowering annuals, like lantana (Lantana camara and cvs., Zones 10-11). Photo: John Blair

Did you know hummingbirds can fly 40 miles per hour? Tiny, beautiful, and the only bird that can fly backward, the hummingbird is the smallest migrating bird. During its eight-year life span, this energetic little creature visits up to 2,000 flowers a day, sipping nectar from each bloom two to three times per day. While feeding, it pollinates over 300 plant species and is also a voracious insect eater, particularly during nesting season when the protein requirements of the growing nestlings is highest. For these reasons, hummingbirds are valuable members of a healthy ecosystem. Two California natives, Anna’s hummingbird and Allen’s hummingbird, are year-round residents, while up to 12 other hummingbird species spend the spring and summer months in Northern California before returning to their winter homes in October. Want to attract more of these delightfully entertaining, pest-eradicating pollinators to your garden? Read on for hints and tips to create…

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