Winter flowering frost tolerant hummingbird plant for San Jose, Ca

Winter flowering frost tolerant hummingbird plant for San Jose, Ca

Joined: September 16th, 2011, 11:38 pm

May 2nd, 2013, 5:21 pm #1

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I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
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May 2nd, 2013, 5:33 pm #2

Are we talking the occasional light freeze noth deep and sustained? I use to live over-the-hill from where you are and I can't remember much below the mid to upper 20s. Salvia microphylla would work although it would be set back for a short period after a freeze. Lonicera sempervirons might work, here in NJ it often blooms into January.
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Joined: September 16th, 2011, 11:38 pm

May 2nd, 2013, 5:54 pm #3

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
The frost was on the mulch in my yard and on houses' roofs every morning for 2 -3 months. The temp on patio, 4 feet off the ground, under roof in shade was 28 - 30 F at 8 am. When does Lonicera sempervirens flower? According thttp://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/p ... suckle.php it flowers in summer. I have many Salvia microphylla hot lips. They started flowering a month ago. Is there another Salvia microphylla that blooms in Winter?
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May 2nd, 2013, 7:35 pm #4

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
All I can say is I grow many types of microphylla and greggii. They continue to bloom here late into the fall and recover to bloom again if we get an early freeze. Lonicera sempervirons also recovers from light freezes. Microphylla Hot Lips is not among the best types when it comes to freeze recovery. You should look around for local offerings, it might take some experimenting before you find the one for you.
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Joined: August 9th, 2009, 11:58 pm

May 2nd, 2013, 8:09 pm #5

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
I've not grown it but the description of Salvia holwayi on the FBTS website seems to fit your needs pretty well. It looks like it may need some extra watering, but hopefully someone that has actually grown it can chime in.

http://www.fbts.com/salvia-holwayi.html
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Joined: September 16th, 2011, 11:38 pm

May 2nd, 2013, 8:31 pm #6

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
Thank you both for your suggestions! I will try them all. I have Microphylla Hot Lips and Microphylla Red. Since they become very dry wood soon and break off, I rejuvanite them by pruning them back and leaving mostly not dry wood, young stems stems. I did that last Fall after their last bloom. They are almost like new plants now. Did I prevent them from flowring again in the winter? Do you prune yours, how much and when?
Thank you
Monika
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Joined: December 19th, 2005, 7:07 pm

May 2nd, 2013, 8:50 pm #7

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
Lonicera sempervirens flowers sparingly through the winter. Additionally, the tangle of vines usually serves as a territory for one of the winterers. Salvia microphylla does not usually flower through the winter here. I have several cultivars.

Our best nectar plant for winterers is the winter-flowering 'Ugly Shrimp Plant' Justicia brandegeana, which stays green and flowering down to 22ºF. Another choice might be Abutilon pictum, which is also pretty cold tolerant. We have some yards with both of these plants and we are hardly able to catch hummers for banding because the plants trump feeders. Loquat Eriobotrya japonica is also excellent and it provides good cover for the birds.

Danita,

Salvia holwayi ought to be a big winner, it flowers well with beautiful cranberry-colored blooms and the nectar is sweet. However, it gets very little action here in winter.

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Nancy L Newfield
Casa Colibrí
Metairie, Louisiana USA
USDA Zone 9b
http://www.casacolibri.net/
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Joined: March 18th, 2011, 8:50 pm

May 3rd, 2013, 1:17 am #8

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
It may very well be your spot, but I know Tecomaria at Stanford, in Los Altos and in Cupertino that bloom all winter. I've always thought of it as hardy to the lowest 20s, possibly more if well established. There are dwarf varieties now that are very nice, which could be containerized and protected on those rare days that go below its range.

My 2 cents.

Kermit Carter
Flowers by the Sea
Elk, California
On the Pacific Coast, USDA Zones 8 & 9
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Joined: March 31st, 2013, 2:07 am

May 3rd, 2013, 3:57 am #9

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
Monika, try Grevilleas, especially G. victoriae Murray Queen. It blooms from October till April and is completely hardy on the west coast. Check out Xera Plants in Oregon for it. Many nurseries in CA have grevilleas that bloom all winter and are hardy in your area. Being from Australia they are very tolerant of heat and drought.

Kermit Carter and his Flowers by the Sea would be a great resource for you for winter-blooming salvias.

Cheers, Ken
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Joined: September 16th, 2011, 11:38 pm

May 3rd, 2013, 5:42 pm #10

Hi:
I have a Anna's hummingbird; they do not migrate. In the previous place where I lived I had a mature, 15 feet tall Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis. It flowered since at least October till April, and sometimes through out the whole year. The hummingbirds loved it! My new place unfortunately faces North (some parts were in shade for about 4 months) and the weather is becoming more extreme. Last winter was so cold the yard was covered with frost for 2-3 months every day. I kept on covering all my new, young Cape Honeysuckles but they all froze. I planted many Manzanitas and Ca native ribes since they flower in winter but it will be years before they flower enough and I do not have not enough of them to feed a hummingbird. Can you please recommend a hummingbird plant that will not freeze and bloom continuously thru winter and is preferably heat and drought tolerant (since it is extremlly hot a dry in summer)? Is there a plant like that? I do not have much space to plant many plants.
I did put out a feeder but I also would like to have a winter plant for my hummingbird.
Thank you for all your suggestions.
Monika
Thank you all for your suggestions! It looks like I have some good choices now.
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