Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) evolved from tropical hummingbirds that lived among lush forests and grasslands of the Earth's equatorial region. As they radiated into North America, these hummingbirds became adapted to feeding on new species of insects and plants endemic to the eastern U.S., southern Canada, Mexico and Central America.

Although many gardeners prefer to stick with native hummingbird flowers that historically were found within their regions, others mix local North American plants with those from Europe, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere in the Americas.

In this section of the Operation RubyThroat website, you will find information about exotic plants that attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, that are not native to North America, and that are likely to grow well in much of the bird's summer breeding range. Plant zones given under each species refer to the United States Department of Agriculture "Plant Hardiness Zone Map" for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico--a hyper-linked version of which is available at the U.S. National Arboretum website.

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