11 plants that are insanely attractive to birds

Want your liven up your garden even more? Try growing these some of these to harbour your own little ecosystem!


Have you been looking to rejuvenate the look of your garden, or cultivate a few unique plants in your yard? Why not try your hand at growing flora that will not just beautify, but also attract birds and help make your lawn a wholesome new ecosystem in itself? We found this wonderful list put together by Dr. Subramanya of GKVK, and here we have added a dash of colour and some interesting information to it!

1. Ivory Wood

Known locally as ‘Boppale’ or ‘Kodmurki’, the scientific name of this flowering species is Wrightia tinctoria. The leaves of this tree yield a blue dye called Pala Indigo, in addition to having medicinal properties, and is an important role in traditional healing. The tree can be grown in isolation, in small corners.

Wrightia tinctoria in Hyderabad | Pic - Wikipedia

Wrightia tinctoria in Hyderabad | Pic – Wikipedia

2. Starcluster

Pentas lanceolata, commonly known as Egyptian Starcluster, is a species of flowering plant that is common in butterfly gardening, which is a school of gardening that aims at creating an environment that attracts butterflies and some types of moths. This plant, whose red and green varieties also attract hummingbirds, can be grown in bushes of 15-20, along the borders or on opposite sides of your lawn.

Pentas Starcluster rose | Pic - www.gpnmag.com

Pentas Starcluster rose | Pic – www.gpnmag.com

3. Indian caper

Seen mainly in the tropical regions of India, Ceylon, Pakistan, and China, the Capparis sepiaria grows as a thorny bush in between corners. Apart from attracting butterflies, these caperbushes are also used by humans for their fruit which are rich in micronutrients. Caperbushes from arid regions are also seen in landscape gardening and reforestation because of their ability to prevent soil erosion and preserve agricultural land.

Capparis sepiaria | Pic - www.indiabiodiversity.org

Capparis sepiaria | Pic – www.indiabiodiversity.org

4. Aristolochia

While Aristolochia itself is a large plant genus with about five hundred species under it, Aristolochia bracteolata is commonly called “worm killer” for its anthelmintic property, which allows it to dispel parasitic worms (helminths) from the human body. Known as “Aadutheendaapaalai” in Tamil, this shrub is distributed throughout India. It was used in traditional medicines as a gastric stimulant and in the treatment of lung inflammation and snakebites.

An Aristolochia plant | Pic - Wikipedia

An Aristolochia plant | Pic – Wikipedia

5. Cherry pie

With the unlikely scientific name of Heliotropium arborescens, the cherry pie plant gained early recognition in the Victorian era in England, where it adorned the borders of parks and gardens. Noted for its exceptional fragrance, this plant is easy to grow except in extremely humid conditions. The flowers attract butterflies and bees and are suitable to grow both in a garden bed and in a container.

A typical cherry pie plant in purple hues | Pic - Wikipedia

A typical cherry pie plant in purple hues | Pic – Wikipedia

6. Pink snakeweed

This species is a type of shrub that generally grows to a height of about 10 to 20 centimetres. The plant is highly attractive to bees and butterflies, and is also known to grow in crimson hues, leading to its other common name of ‘changeable velvetberry’. Classified as an invasive plant, this shrub can take over and overwhelm other plants nearby, and needs to be regulated by pruning or deadheading. 

Stachytarpheta mutabilis | Pic - Wikipedia

Stachytarpheta mutabilis | Pic – Wikipedia

7. Ornamental Lantana

Lantana Camera, or ornamental Lantana, is usually grown in small patches of five or six plants. Also an invasive species, the plant is also known as big sage, white sage, or tickberry. The plant has been grown for ornamental purposes ever Dutch explorers brought it to Europe from the New World. It can survive for a relatively long time without water, and is not usually vulnerable to many pests or diseases. This, in addition to the fact that it attracts butterflies and birds copiously, is the reason it is frequently grown in Florida’s butterfly gardens. 

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8. Tubular hibiscus

Known locally as ‘Kolave Dasavala‘, the flowers of the plant attract hummingbirds and butterflies even though they do not open fully. It grows in clumps of ten to fifteen bushes as a dense hedge, and has the tree-like appearance of a mature plant. The flowers are pendulous and about two or three inches long, and can be grown in the full sun or in partial shade.

Malvaviscus arboreus | Pic - Wikipedia

Malvaviscus arboreus | Pic – Wikipedia

9. Powder puff

The Powder puff plant is native to sub-tropical India, Mexico, and South America, among other tropical regions, and is known for the shape of its attractive flowers. The plant grows all round the year and in the colours of red, pink, and white, all of which are known to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and sun birds. The plant can be grown from both cuttings as well as seeds, which require soaking before sowing. They can then be grown in direct or partial sunlight, in most and fertile soil, with daily watering.

A red Powder puff | Pic - Wikipedia

A red Powder puff | Pic – Wikipedia

10. Cup and saucer bush

The Cup and saucer bush is native to the Himalayan region, including India, Nepal, Bhutan, and parts of Bangladesh, and is widely grown as an ornamental plant in many place. Also known as the Chinese hat plant, or Mandarin’s hat,  it grows in 15-20 round bushes along a row.

Holmskioldia sanguinea | Pic - Wikipedia

Holmskioldia sanguinea | Pic – Wikipedia

11. Queen’s wreath

Also known as Purple wreath in English and as ‘Nilmani lata’ in Hindi, these purple flowers grow best in sunshine. It usually flowers in spring and extends to over a foot in length, and will attract butterflies and bees.

The flowers of Queen's wreath | Pic - www.thewildpapaya.com

The flowers of Queen’s wreath | Pic – www.thewildpapaya.com

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Currently pursuing an engineering degree from BITS Pilani, Goa, Sanjana is a Chennai-born girl settled in Mumbai, and writes for The Alternative in a humble attempt to fulfill the stereotype of being a frustrated engineer. more

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Currently pursuing an engineering degree from BITS Pilani, Goa, Sanjana is a Chennai-born girl settled in Mumbai, and writes for The Alternative in a humble attempt to fulfill the stereotype of being a frustrated engineer. more

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  • Kamina

    Thank you!