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PLANTS FOR ATTRACTING BIRDS TO THE GARDEN

Gardeners are always looking for ways and means to attract birds to the garden. Planting food plants certainly helps the cause enormously. Creating suitable habitats with shelter, protection, nesting sights and water also plays a significant role in making birds feel at home in suburban environments.

These are just a few of the many bird attracting plants that assist the cause:

Agapanthus praecox subsp orientalis * LILY OF THE NILE Aloe vanbalenii * VAN BALEN’S ALOE Amaranthus MAROG Anigozanthus KANGAROO PAW
lily_of_the_nileE I N van_balens_aloeE N marogS kangaroo_pawE N
Chasmanthe floribunda CHASMANTHE Delphinium elatum DELPHINIUM Fragaria x ananassa STRAWBERRY Kniphofia uvaria * RED HOT POKER
chasmantheD I N delphiniumE N strawberryE F red_hot_pokerE I N
Lobelia cardinalis CARDINAL FLOWER Penstemon PENSTEMON Strelitzia reginae CRANE FLOWER Tagetes erecta MARIGOLD
cardinal_flowerD N penstemonE N crane_flower E N S marigoldS
Verbena x hybrida VERVAIN Watsonia WATSONIA * GRASSES  
verbenaN wastoniaD N B grasses  

NOTES:
* Most grasses, both annual and perennial will attract seed eating birds to the garden. They just need to be left uncut to flower and seed.
* Agaapanthus praecox subsp orientalis – all hybrids and cultivars will attract birds to the garden.
* All aloes are nectar rich and attract birds whilst in bloom, usually in winter.
* Kniphofia uvaria and all other species and cultivars will attract birds to the garden.

DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
FRUIT:  Plants which bear fruit that attract birds to the garden.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
NECTAR-RICH:  Plants which flowers are rich in nectar and attract birds and insects.
SEED: Plants which seeds attract birds to the garden.

Alberta magna NATAL FLAME  Aloe arborescens KRANTZ ALOE  Callistemon citrinus ‘Endeavour’ AUSTRALIAN BOTTLE BRUSH  Dovyalis caffra KEI APPLE
natal_flameE N krantz_aloeE N bottlebrushN kei_appleF
Erica cerinthoides * RED HAIRY HEATH Erythrina humeana DWARF CORAL TREE Feijoa sellowiana PINEAPPLE GUAVA Fuchsia *  FUSCHI or BALLERINAS
red_hairy_heathN dwarf_coral_treeD N pineapple_guavaF fuschiaN
Hamelia patens FIRE BUSH Leonotis leonurus * WILD DAGGA or LION’S TAIL Leucospermum cordifolium * PIN CUSHION Maytenus procumbens DUNE KOKO TREE
fire_bushN wild_daggaN pin_cushionN dune_kokoF
Metarungia longistrobus SUNBIRD BUSH Ochna serrulata SMALL LEAFED PLANE Odontonema stricta HUMMING BIRD BUSH Phygelius aequalis * WILD FUSCHIA
sunbird_bushN small_leafed_planeF humming_bird_bushN wild_fuschiaN
Protea repens * SUGAR BUSH Rhoicissus rhomboidea GLOSSY FOREST GRAPE  Russelia equisetiformis CORAL SHRUB Tecoma capensis * CAPE HONEY SUCKLE
sugar_bushN glossy_forest_grapeC F coral_shrubN cape_honey_suckleN
Telopea speciosissima WARATAH      
waratahN      

NOTES: *  Erica cerinthoides – all indigenous Ericas (heaths) attract birds to the garden.
*  Fuchsia – all species and hybrids attract birds to the garden.
* Leonotis leonurus – all leonotis attract nectar feeders to the garden.
* Leucospermum cordifolium – plus all other species and hybrids will attract birds to the garden.
* Protea repens plus most other species and hybrids will attract birds to the garden.

BULB:  Plants that have underground, fleshy storage structures.
CLIMBER:  
Plants or vines that climb and creep. They need support of some kind in your garden. Great for walls, fences, pergolas and trellis’.

DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season. EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
FRUIT:  Plants which bear fruit that attract birds to the garden.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
NECTAR-RICH:  Plants which flowers are rich in nectar and attract birds and insects.
SEED:  Plants which seeds attract birds to the garden.

Aloe barberae TREE ALOE Antidesma venosum TASSEL BERRY Apodytes dimidiata WHITE PEAR Bersama luscens GLOSSY WHITE ASH
tree_aloeN tassle_berryF white_pearE F glossy_white_ashF
Bridelia micrantha MITZEERIE Carica papaya PAW PAW or PAPAYA Celtis africana WHITE STINKWOOD Ekebergia capensis CAPE ASH
penny_gumD F paw_pawE F white_stinkwoodD I F cape_ashF
Erythrina caffra INLAND CORAL TREE Erythrina lysistemon CORAL TREE Ficus carica EATING FIG Ficus natalensis * NATAL FIG
inland_coral_treeN coral_treeD N eating_figD F natal_figF
Ficus sur CAPE WILD FIG Ficus trichopoda HIPPOPOTAMUS FIG Grewia occidentalis CROSS-BERRY Greyia sutherlandii NATAL BOTTLEBRUSH
cape_wild_figF hippo_figE I F cross_berryF natal_bottle_brushN
Halleria lucida WILD TREE FUSCHIA Harpephyllum caffrum WILD PLUM Kigelia pinnata SAUSAGE TREE Kiggelaria afrcicana WILD PEACH
wild_tree_fuschiaE N I F wild_plumF sausage_treeD N wild_peachE I F
Mimusops caffra COASTAL RED MILKWOOD Pappea capensis DOPPRUIM or BUSHVELD CHERRY Protorhus longifolia RED BEECH Rhamnus prinoides DOGWOOD
coastal_red_milkwoodF bushveld_cherryF red_beechE F dogwoodE I F
Schotia brachypetala WEEPING BOER BEAN Sclerocarya birrea subsp caffra MARULA Stenocarpus sinuatus FIREWHEEL TREE Strelitzia nicolai WILD BANANA
weeping_boer_beanE I N marulaF firewheel_treeE N wild_bananaS
Syzygium paniculatum AUSTRALIAN BRUSH CHERRY Vachellia karoo * SWEET THORN    
australian_brush_cherryF sweet_thornD S    


NOTES:
* Ficus natalensis – all wild figs are amongst the finest bird attracting plants, but they need huge gardens to grow in and their roots can cause damage to property.
* Vachellia karoo – all the trees previously known as Acacias or thorn trees produce seeds that attract certain bird species.
BULB:  Plants that have underground, fleshy storage structures.
DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season. EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
FRUIT:  Plants which bear fruit that attract birds to the garden.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
NECTAR-RICH:  Plants which flowers are rich in nectar and attract birds and insects.
SEED:  Plants which seeds attract birds to the garden.

Whilst every care and caution has been taken in compiling these lists in terms of correctness and accuracy, Blackwood’s, nor any of their employees can be held liable or responsible if any of the recommendations are found to be incorrect in any way whatsoever. They are merely a guide to help gardeners and staff in finding solutions to gardening problems. All plants listed may not be available for sale at times. They do however all grow in the greater Pietermaritzburg area and surrounding districts and are to be found growing successfully in gardens.