Hummingbirds, with their needle-like bills, are equipped to extract nectar from these tubular flowers. This perennial features red and pale yellow blooms in the late spring- early summer. The plant can grow 12-18 inches and features herbaceous foliage. Zones 3-8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
has iridescent green plumage on their backs with white chests. Look for red throat feathers on males (shown). Females and young birds do not feature red throats, but otherwise resemble adult males. According to the Audubon Society, this is the only hummingbird to nest and breed in the eastern United States. They're about 3½
inches long with a wingspan of 3-4 inches.