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by Jimmyjojo on December 04, 2006 05:05 AM
I bought a Cape honeysuckle (Tecomaria Capensis) this past summer and the hummingbirds really took to it. Has anybody else tried growing it?
by Thornius on December 04, 2006 05:26 AM
Not me. But the hummers loved my RED Lilliput Zinnias, Red Cannas, and I have seen them packed by the hundreds into Jewelweed patches in swampy areas, in late Summer.

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A bird in the hand......can sometimes be a mess.
by Jimmyjojo on December 05, 2006 12:02 AM
I keep a small patch of jewelweed. But they seem to prefer the salvia coccinea and gartenmeister bonstead fuchsia.
by Deborah L. on December 05, 2006 12:08 AM
I have a Cape Honeysuckle, which out here we call a trumpet vine. The hummers like it OK, but what mine really love is a flower called penta.
When it was blooming, they were at it all day.
The penta also attracted more butterflies than I have ever seen in one place.

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by Jimmyjojo on December 05, 2006 11:20 PM
I have pentas too. Yeah, common names can be confusing. Around here they call Campsis radicans - trumpet vine. Phygelius capensis is one that produces quite a bit of nectar too.

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