Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida: A Companion for Gardeners

Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida: A Companion for Gardeners

by Roger L. Hammer


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“In this tour de force work, Hammer ‘connects the dots’ among South Florida’s birds, butterflies, and plants. It is a must read for every nature lover, whether birder, butterflier, or gardener, and it belongs on your closest bookshelf.”—Dennis Olle, North American Butterfly Association
“This delightfully witty book will open your eyes to some of the world’s most beautiful flowers.”—Marc C. Minno, coauthor of Florida Butterfly Gardening
“Wonderfully comprehensive. This book will get you started on your own butterfly or hummingbird garden even if you’ve been gardening for years!”—Ryan Fessenden, Florida Museum of Natural History
“Accessible and informative. Hammer instructs home gardeners on the plants they can grow on their property to increase their own personal pleasure while providing a valuable oasis for the region’s colorful hummingbirds and butterflies.”—Rick Cech, coauthor of Butterflies of the East Coast
In this authoritative and friendly guide, Roger Hammer shares more than thirty years’ experience tempting butterflies and hummingbirds into tropical Florida’s gardens. From ground cover to large trees, from soil requirements to effective seeding and frost protection strategies, Hammer catalogues 200 of the best plants for luring these wondrous creatures into even the smallest of yards. He offers helpful tips for beginning and establishing a thriving refuge that is easy to maintain, and his selection of exotic plants are all safe for use in Florida. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813060248
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Roger Hammer is a professional naturalist and has an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Florida International University. He is the author of several books including Everglades Wildflowers and Florida Keys Wildflowers.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Plants 1

2 Species Accounts 13

3 The Hummingbirds 221

The Butterflies 227

Acknowledgments 243

Appendix: Checklist of Tropical Florida Butterflies 245

Resources for Gardeners 251

Selected Bibliography 257

Index of Plant Names 259

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