The following is a list of exotic plants judged by Operation RubyThroat to be the "Top Ten" hummingbird-attractors. Some are native to Mexico, where the Ruby-throated Hummingbird may encounter them on its wintering grounds, but others come from elsewhere the world. Most will grow within the summer breeding range of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, but some will not survive winter except in the southeastern United States. Growth zones given under each species refer to the United States Department of Agriculture "Plant Hardiness Zones" for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

#1: Pineapple Sage, Salvia elegans

#2: Giant Blue Sage, Salvia guaranitica

#3: Cypress Vine, Ipomoea quamoclit

#4: Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeana (photo at right submitted by Martha Juneau of La Place, Louisiana)

#5: Mimosa, or Silktree, Albizia julibrissin

#6: Shrub Verbena, Lantana camara

#7: Butterfly Bush, Buddleja davidii. also spelled Buddleia

#8: Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus

#9: Common Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea

#10: Cigar Plant, Cuphea ignea


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