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Hummingbird Plant - Dicliptera suberecta

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Hummingbird Plant 
Dicliptera suberecta 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where the Hummingbird Plant is not reliably winter hardy outdoors, you can enjoy growing it in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

The Hummingbird Plant is a hummingbird's dream come true!

If attracting hummingbirds is one of your goals this plant is a must for your garden. 

Dicliptera suberecta is one of the few perennials from Uruguay that we grow and offer...makes you wonder what else might be there. This heat and drought tolerant perennial plant produces numerous clusters of electric orange, upright facing, tubular flowers throughout the warm season that are irresistible to hummingbirds. Equally attractive in the garden are the felty, silver-grey leaves that cover the 2 foot tall by 3 foot wide mound throughout the growing season.




Landscape & Garden Uses

The Hummingbird Plant is the perfect addition to a hummingbird or nectar garden, mixed with other hummingbird attracting plants such as Salvia, Hardy Lantana and Butterfly Bush. It also makes a nice accent plant in home foundation plantings and perennial or rock gardens, or as a border plant along a sunny path or walkway. It also makes a nice container plant, which is nice for those of you north of USDA Zone 7a who can overwinter it indoors or in a greenhouse.

Spacing:  24" for solid hedges; 60" or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

The Hummingbird Plant is very easy to grow. It's not too picky about soil type but prefers a damp to moist well-drained soil. What it doesn't like is a constantly soggy or wet soil. As with so many other plants, make sure to plant it in a well-drained site, and be careful not to over-water. It grows more dense and flowers more in full to mostly sun, however, will tolerate a fair amount of shade or filtered sun. We suggest at least 5 hours of direct sunlight. 

Note:  In our gardens here in Zone 8 of north-central Georgia, we've seen the Hummingbird Plant survive temperatures as low as 3 degrees F. In zones 9 and 10 the plant will be evergreen. In zones 7 and 8 it may die back during colder winters to then reemerge strong in spring. If it dies back you can snip off the dead foliage and apply a light coat of mulch.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Perennial 
Height at Maturity: 24-30" in ground, 18-24" in containers
Width at Maturity: 30-36"
Spacing:  24" for solid hedges; 60" or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Mounding. Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Orange
Flower Size: 2-3" in clusters
Flowering Period:  June to Frost!
Flower Type:  Tubular, Trumpet
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Smoke Grey 
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained moist to dry
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbit



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