As hummingbirds spread across the continent, backyard gardens in many regions will be sparse for food, but there's a resource that provides choices across the open fields, among the trees and throughout the mountains, all the time. Wildflowers produce countless seeds that drift and soar through the skies until they find a place to grow. They are hardy, endless in quantity, and there for a reason. Insects and hummingbirds of all sorts will enjoy the sweet nectar of the colorful canvas spread across the continent, while they unknowingly fulfill the purpose of pollination.
Weeds can become a nuisance and a backbreaking chore to remove, but sometimes we come across a jewel of a weed that just seems to fit in our garden, brightens up a location, and adds value.
This is "Common Fire weed". It tends to find homes in fresh open soil, and then grows with a tuber style root until it forms a blanket of towering pink blooms for about six weeks. Its height can reach 6 feet or more and provide enough nectar to attract not only the insects, but hummingbirds as well.
Several years back, a few of these wild seeds landed in our garden. I let them grow, and to my surprise, hummingbirds would make frequent visits to them. They spread within an area, and a few jumped to another region within our garden. They mixed and mingled with the towering Delphiniums and seem to have found a permanent home where they fit in. So while the hummingbirds thoroughly enjoy my Delphiniums, I'll often times see them gathering a bit of nectar from the wild Fire Weed.
A young male Ruby-throat hummingbird gained control of this corner of the garden and gave me many photo opportunities and colorful captures. Aug 5, 2019, N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.