There are so many flowers to choose from when trying to attract birds. This year I have noticed quite the buzz around one of the more common plants here, the Beardtongue (Penstemmon spp). At first, I overlooked this plant. I saw some simple elongated white flowers on a green stem with long tapered leaves. Soon after this flower began to bloom, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds began to appear. I was amazed to see such an attraction from the hummingbirds, from such a short white flower. Luckily, growing Beardtongue is easy to do! They grow well in sandy and infertile soils and do not need to be watered often. This amazing native is known as one of the first flowers to appear after a disturbance and is an early successionary species, laying the groundwork for other plants and critters to come. If you are interested in keeping those beautiful hummingbirds around longer, Beardtongue can thrive with dead heading. In fact, oftentimes the second growth can be more beautiful than the first! The next time you’re thinking of adding some flowers to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, consider a Penstemmon species. They are a sure-fire way to attract our sought after hummers!