We moved into our home in November, last year. These "grasses" were in our backyard. I thought they were lovely, so I put a birdbath in the center of them. I also put a hummingbird feeder next to the birdbath.
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In the yard, we had 2 other hummingbird feeders, each of them were different types of feeders.
Birds LOVE the birdbath.
But despite the feeders, NO HUMMINGBIRDS came to our yard.
Fast forward to June:
The "grasses" were beginning to grow out of hand. They were spreading and even though they were still pretty, I was just about ready to remove many of them. In fact, I asked my husband to mow them down so I could thin them out easier. Right after I asked him to do it, I walked over to inspect the area and plan where I would begin the thinning out. It was then that I saw several buds forming on stems. I stopped him from mowing just in time.
I asked my neighbor if they had ever bloomed before and she said, No. They have NEVER had any sort of bloom.
Well, you see. There was a large tree growing directly next to the "grasses". The tree had recently died and turned brown. One of the first projects my husband did after we moved in was to chop the tree down.
It seems, with the tree gone, more sun was able to reach them and so...they began to bloom!
And they CAME. The hummingbirds came!
EVERYDAY they come, several of them.
Hummingbirds LOVE these plants.
We are so happy we did not cut them down or dig them up. They are not grasses at all. They are CROCOSMIAS also known as Coppertips.
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You can learn more about them here: Crocosmia Planting Tips
This is a lousy phone pic, but can you see the hummingbird?
A note about the Coppertips and my yard: They do not get full sun as required, but I live in N. Florida where it gets pretty hot. They receive about 1-2 hours of sun in the morning and dapple sun the rest of the day.
They spread like wildfire, some nurseries consider them to be invasive.
Personally, I don't think I can get enough now.