Annual Flowers for the Birds

These annuals produce seeds that birds like to eat. AN of these flowers thrive in full sun, so choose an open spot for your bird-garden planting.

Plant Description

Sweet alyssum

Pink, purple, or white blooms appear in

(Lobular¡a marítima)

%-inch-wide clusters on 6- to 12-inch-tall

mounds of foliage

Grain amaranth

Spiked flower heads grow 1 foot tall and

(Amaranthus hypochondriacus)

are red, green, or marbled red and green;

the seed heads are beautiful; plants grow

6 feet tall

China aster

Blue, rose, or white blooms are 2Vi inches wide;

(Callistephus chinen sis)

plants grow 2 feet tall

Bachelor's buttons

Blue, pink, purple, red, or white blooms grow

(Centaurea cyanus)

1 to 2 inches wide on 12- to 30-inch-tall plants

Black-eyed Susan

Daisylike yellow blooms have brown centers

(Rudbeckia hirta)

and grow 2 to 3 inches wide; plants grow

1 to 3 feet tall


Blooms are 1 to 2 inches wide; C. bipinnatus

(Cosmos bipinnatus and C. sulphureus)

has pink, white, or crimson ray flowers with

a yellow center; plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall;

C sulphureus has yellow, red, or orange daisylike

blooms on 2- to 3-foot-tall stems


Blue or white delicate ^inch-wide blooms

(Linum usitatissimum)

grow on 3- to 4-foot-long stems


Blue, rose, violet, or white blooms are

(Consolida oriental is)

1 Vi inches long and grow on long spikes;

plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall

Pincushion flower

Rounded 2-inch-wide blooms come in blue,

(Scabiosa atropurpúrea)

cream, lavender, maroon, pink, and white;

plants grow 2 to 3 feet tali

Corn poppy, Shirley poppy

Four-petaled 2-inch-wide blooms come in deep

(Pa pa ver rhoeas)

purple, red, or white; plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall


Yellow, red, and rust-colored blooms grow

(Helianthus annuus)

3 to 12 inches wide on plants that are

1 to 12 feet tall (size depends on the variety)

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