hummingbirds and red

Kenneth Hixson
Wed, 04 Oct 2006 18:51:04 PDT
Dear members
	I don't understand why plants--and their pollenators--evolve
the way they do.  I'll continue this thread for that reason--perhaps
someone else knows more than I do.  After Butterfly Bush and
Crocosmia Lucifer, a favorite plant is Fuchsia magellanica, in fact
those are three plants to be recommended.  Other fuchsias get
much less or almost no hummingbird visits, even though I selected
them with hummingbirds in mind.  Solid red or near red flowers,
even those of the triphylla section with tubular, red or near red
flowers, simply are less attractive than F. magellanica.
	Plants of F. magellanica in areas where they get little or
no summer water are at least as attractive as those that get
regular water.  In my ignorance I assumed that to a hummingbird
larger flowers would mean more nectar, and tubular flowers would
signal less competition for what nectar there is.  That doesn't
appear to be so, so what is the attraction of Fuchsia magellanica
over its' hybrids? (Most fuchsia hybrids have F. m. in the ancestry
	Color and form do not appear to be the only attractant to
humingbirds, and presumably to other  pollenators.  Butterfly Bush
flowers are individually tiny, so size isn't everything either.


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