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Top 9 Plants To Attract Birds

Posted By elmandsparrow 26 days ago on Environmental -

I love it when birds visit my garden! Birdwatching is one of my favorite hobbies so naturally, I wanted to find more ways to attract birds to come to hang out in my yard. What better way than planting some native plants! Here are the top plants you can add to your garden to attract birds to your yard.


The Cornflower is gorgeous and comes in a variety of colors. This flower produces seeds that are loved by most songbirds including goldfinches, waxwings, bluebirds, and towhees. A perfect addition to your garden if you’re keen on attracting birds. Cornflowers can be found all over the United States.


Pretty much any species of Daisy is a go-to. They’re easy to grow and their seeds will attract all sorts of different birds such as cardinals, finches, towhees, and sparrows. The different species of daisies can be found pretty much all over.

Black-Eyed Susan

Cardinals, sparrows, nuthatches, and goldfinches will love the seeds of the Black-Eyed Susan in late summer or early fall once the flower is done blooming. The black-eyed susan is native to the central US.


The Coneflower grows well in most places and attracts goldfinches, blue jays, and cardinals with its seeds. The coneflower grows well in most places. Check for species native to your area.


Milkweed is a plant that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It produces lots of nectar which attracts insects making this plant an ideal spot for insectivorous birds to look for their next meal. Additionally, hummingbirds will also be attracted to the milkweed’s nectar while goldfinches will use the fiber from the plant to build their nests. The milkweed is native to the eastern US as well as eastern prairie states.

Virginia Creeper

The Virginia Creeper makes look a lot like poison ivy but it is actually harmless and its fruit is important winter fuel for mockingbirds, nuthatches, blue jays, and woodpeckers. The virginia creeper is native to the eastern and central United States and Mexico.

Trumpet Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle, another plant hummingbirds like a lot. While the Japanese Honeysuckle is invasive, it can be swapped for the Trumpet Honeysuckle which will attract hummingbirds for the nectar and finches and thrushes for its fruit. The trumpet honeysuckle is native to the northwest, southeast, and midwest of the US.


Of course, this wouldn’t be a complete list without the Sunflower. Adding the sunflower to your garden is a sure way to attract all kinds of birds. The seeds of the sunflower are essential to fueling the migration of all kinds of birds. Different species of the sunflower are native to the southwest, central, and the eastern US.


The Elderberry plant attracts dozens of different bird species and planting it is a sure-fire way to guarantee you will have birds in your garden to admire. Goldfinches, orioles, robins, waxwings, bluebirds, thrushes, cardinals, woodpeckers, warblers, and mockingbirds are just some of the types of birds that will be attracted to the fruit of the elderberry. The elderberry has many different species which are native to different states.

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