Attract Hummingbirds and Bees to Your Garden With Tube-Shaped Flowers
Flowers are fascinating beauties. They may differ in size, color, shape, and smell, but each is a unique gift given to mankind to be cherished and enjoyed as they unwrap their delicate petals for the world to see.
Speaking of shape, tubular-shaped flowers are one of many different flower shapes—one that tends to draw attention due to their trumpet-like shape, which also attracts hummingbirds.
What are some of these tubular-shaped flowers? Read on and enjoy the photos as we go through the list.
Top 12 Lovely Tubular Flowering Plants
- Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
- Lady of the Night (Cestrum nocturnum)
- Firecracker Plant/Cigar Flower (Cuphea ignea)
- Erica sessiliflora (Ericaceae)
- Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)
- Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe delagoensis)
- Mona Lavender (Plectranthus)
- Aloe (Aloe brevifolia)
- Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
- Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata)
- Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
- Perfume Flower Tree (Fagraea ceilanica)
1. Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)
Trumpet vine is a woody climber that bears tubular-shaped flowers, whose colors range from red and orange to yellow and pink flowers. This is a flower that is loved by hummingbirds. Just be careful, though—you should keep an eye on a trumpet vine; it is considered an invasive plant and will grab and climb up into anything.
2. Lady of the Night (Cestrum nocturnum)
Also known as queen of the night or lady of the night, the plant was discovered by two men: Davinder Singh Sains and Ragbhir Singh Ubhi. This plant bears white, fragrant flowers that bloom only at night.
Lady of the night grows for up to 13 feet in height and is a woody shrub. One thing I like about these flowers is the sweet fragrance emitted as the flowers open at night.
Known in the Philippines as dama de noche, an interesting legend says this shrub appeared growing on the tomb of a beautiful woman who was neglected by her husband, an island ruler. The wife, who remained caring and sweet, had a habit of spraying sweet-smelling perfume in their bedroom every night. One night, the plant was discovered by her husband as he spent some time reminiscing and repenting on his wife's tomb—maybe that's why it's called queen of the night.
3. Firecracker Plant/Cigar Flower (Cuphea ignea)
This is another attractive flower for both hummingbirds and butterflies that displays tubular-shaped flowers during the summer season. It would also make a good plant in a pot for those with limited space, and with regular watering, the cigar plant would do just fine. The fiery orange-to-red flowers love the full sun, and because its shape resembles a cigarette, it was named cigar plant.
In the photo above, it does look like a lit cigar with a bit of ash on the tip—don't you think?
4. Erica sessiliflora (Ericaceae)
For some reason, I think of a jellyfish while looking at the photo of this beautiful Erica sessiliflora flowers.
These pale white-yellow flowers, also called "cape heath," are from a sun-loving shrub with a woody, upright branch and needle-like leaves.
5. Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit)
This is one of the flowering vines I grew in a pot for the hummingbirds—it surely gets the hummers' attention as the red trumpet-shaped flowers are attractive. Cypress vine loves sun climbing and twining on the trellis. The color varies from red to white, with red being the most common one. The flowers only last for a day and are tubular in shape with petals all connected, resembling a star.
6. Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe delagoensis)
Look at those! This plant resembles a chandelier, which is also why it's also known by the name chandelier plant. This beauty is another sun-loving plant but can also tolerate partially shaded areas and is drought tolerant. Flowers bloom from orange to red.
For those who might want to have a mother of thousands, you can start with seeds or leaf cuttings. Be warned, though, that this plant can become invasive.
Note: Be careful handling all plant parts as all parts are poisonous when ingested.
7. Mona Lavender (Plectranthus)
Mona lavender is a shade-loving hybrid shrub that reaches up to 3 feet in height. It displays tubular-shaped, lavender flowers with markings in a much deeper purple color.
Mona lavender would make a beautiful potted plant and is very eye-catching. It is also used as a bedding plant. Butterflies also love this lavender-colored flower.
8. Aloe (Aloe brevifolia)
Aloe flowers are loved by birds, and this succulent plant attracts sunbirds, mousebirds, and, of course, those tiny, curious hummingbirds as well.
The Aloe brevifolia leaves are spiny and green-grayish in color and love the full sun and well-drained soil.
9. Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
With its tube-shaped flowers, honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds; its fruits, the berries, when ripe, feed birds. The trumpet honeysuckle needs a trellis as it is a twining vine. The tubular flowers vary from red to orange, and the plant, which can grow up to 7 feet tall, prefers full sun.
Trumpet honeysuckle, also known as coral honeysuckle, is tolerant to drought.
10. Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata)
With either white, pink, or purple flowers, Philippine violet requires full sun for its gorgeous display of colors. But don't worry; it would also thrive in shady areas and can be propagated through cuttings.
Don't be bothered if this plant dies in the winter season as they come back during spring and are also self-sowing. They grow up to 6 feet tall and are related to Mexican petunia (ruellia). Barleria cristata blooms from late summer to fall.
11. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Foxglove's tubular-shaped flowers appear on a tall spike that reaches 5 ft. tall, upon which flower colors vary, including white and yellow, red, pink, and purple. Spots or marks can also be found on the flower, and it thrives well in light sun to deeply shaded areas.
It is also known by other names such as fairy thimbles, dead men's bells, witches' gloves, and throatwort.
Note: Foxglove is a poisonous plant, so be careful handling it.
12. Perfume Flower Tree (Fagraea ceilanica)
Growing up to 20 ft. in height and preferring full sunlight to partially shady areas, the perfume tree bears tube-like white or orange fragrant flowers and resembles pua keni keni of Hawaii.
The perfume flower tree is found in rainforests in Thailand and grows in a pot as a shrub. Its fragrant flowers measure about 6 inches across.
Enjoy Tubular Flowers!
Tubular flowers are not only a joy to behold, but they also attract hummingbirds, bees, and other wildlife that will come to enjoy your garden. Hopefully, you've enjoyed this list of the top 12 most stunning tube-shaped flowers!
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precy anza (author) from USA on August 16, 2012:
I agree. :) And some of them has the sweet smelling fragrance too which adds to their beauty. Thanks for dropping by and looking. ^-^'
Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on August 11, 2012:
The flowers mentioned are so of the most beautiful and life sustaining in the world. Beautiful Hub. I voted up.
precy anza (author) from USA on July 15, 2012:
Thanks for dropping by and looking Brett! ^-^' All the different shapes really makes them special. :) Just went to a Walmart garden center few weeks ago and first time I saw a balloon flower. Cool! :)
Brett C from Asia on July 14, 2012:
Nature certainly knows how to create beauty! Nice information and photos. Although I am not a gardener, I can still appreciate the colours and shapes of nature.
Voted up, interesting and Sharing.
precy anza (author) from USA on June 27, 2012:
Thanks Anna141! ^-^'
@ Avian: They are. Specially that cigar and the erica. I'm gonna be trying some luck on the flower topic for a while ^-^'
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 26, 2012:
These are all beautiful flowers, many of them that I knew nothing about.
DragonBallSuper on June 24, 2012:
Yeah, welcome. Very lovely hub and there are some flowers you listed which I find really interesting.
precy anza (author) from USA on June 24, 2012:
@ unknown spy: I bet those yellowbells are just beautiful in their bright yellow color. And I agree with you on the cigar flower, the name suits well ^-^'
@ moonlake: Are you attracting hummingbirds? Or already have hummingbird visitors? They love those flowers! I had my cypress vine planted last weeks of May and I tried it on a hanging basket, so far they wasn't as a happy climber like last year when they were on a bigger pot on the ground, but they are just starting to climb.
Appreciate both your comments and thank you for looking at this tubular flowers! ^-^'
moonlake from America on June 24, 2012:
I have the trumpet vine and the trumpet honeysuckle. I love the little cypress vine. I have planted seeds for it but they are just barely coming up. Voted up.
DragonBallSuper on June 24, 2012:
Wow! Those are amazing tubular flowers! We only have here yellowbell. The Cigar flower really caught my eyes. The name really tells it all.