Zone 5 Annuals & Biennials Beneficial to Birds

annualsAnnuals

Amaranth (Amaranth species and cultivars)
Bird garden uses: Seeds and prairie habitat
Bachelor’s button (Centaureacyanus)
Bird garden uses: seeds and meadow habitat
Attracts: finches
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
Bird garden uses: Seeds and meadow habitat
Cosmos (Cosmos species and cultivars)
Bird garden uses: seeds and meadow habitat
Attracts: American gold finch
Fucshia (Fushsia spp.)
Bird garden uses: Nectar attracts hummingbirds
Hare’s tail grass (Lagurus ovatus)
Bird garden uses: seeds, cover and prairie habitat
Impatiens
Bird garden uses: Nectar attracts hummingbirds
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis or I. Padilla)
Bird garden uses: nectar
Attracts: hummingbirds
Lantana (Lantana species and cultivars)
Bird garden uses: fruit, nectar; lawn alternative for erosion control
Larkspur (Consolida)
Bird garden uses: seeds and meadow habitat
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundfolia)
Bird garden uses: seeds, kitchen garden and prairie habitat
Millet (Pennisetum americanum)
Bird garden uses: seeds, cover and prairie habitat
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus and cultivars)
Bird garden uses: nectar, cover, garden kitchen
Attracts: hummingbirds for the nectar, house finches for the flowers
Nicotiana (Flowering tobacco)
Bird garden uses: Nectar attracts hummingbirds
Painted tongue (Salpiglossis sinuata)
Bird garden uses: seeds, flower nectar and hummingbird habitat
Petunia (Petunia species and cultivars)
Bird garden uses: flower nectar attracts hummingbirds, seeds attracts other bird species
Red salvia
Bird garden uses: Nectar attracts hummingbirds
Scarlet morning glory
Bird garden uses: Nectar attracts hummingbirds
Scarlet sage
Bird garden uses: Nectar attracts hummingbirds
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum species and cultivars)
Bird garden uses: seeds, flower nectar
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Bird garden uses: seeds and meadow habitat

Attracts: house finches, cardinals, white breasted nuthatches, sparrows, blue jays, red-winged blackbird
Wax begonia
Bird garden uses: Nectar
Zinnia (Zinnia species and cultivars)
Bird garden uses: seeds
Attracts American gold finch

Biennials

Foxglove (Digitalis species and cultivars)
Light: full sun to partial shade
Zones: 4-8
Size: 3-5 feet tall
Bird garden uses: seeds, flower nectar; woodland habitat
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea and cultivars)
Light: full sun
Zones: 2-10
Size 5-9 feet tall
Bird garden uses: seeds

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