What Types of Perennial Flowers Attract Animals?

Perennial flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds and mammals in abundance, provided that you plant the appropriate varieties in your garden. Attracted to vivid color and interesting shapes of perennials, wildlife will pay a visit to your garden in search of food. Choose these perennials according to your region and planting zone. Maintain care requirements for vigorous plants that add bold splashes of a-call-to-the-wild color to your landscape.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weeds (Asclepias tuberose) are perennials that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Butterfly weed is a hardy perennial that displays clustered flowers in vivid orange hues and produces large amounts of nectar. Thriving in full sun exposure, plant these perennials in well-drained soil, preferably sand or gravel, according to the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Bloom time is June through September. Butterfly weed grows to a height of 12 to 24 inches. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10.


Clematis (Clematis spp.) is a perennial flower that attracts rabbits and deer. With hundreds of different species available, clematis appears as clustered white flowers, flared flowers and flat flowers, with a bloom time from February until frost, according to the Clemson University Extension. Smaller species are very fragrant, and hybrid varieties range in color from purple to white, blue, violet, pink, red and bi-color options. Plant height extends from 2 to 30 feet, depending on the species and variety. Thriving in full sun with a necessary minimum of six hours daily, clematis plants need moist, well-drained soil with cool temperatures; consider a 2-inch layer of mulch covering the surrounding soil to lower temperatures. Clematis is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 3.

Garden Phlox

Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), also referred to as tall phlox, is a perennial that attracts animals such as rabbits and bats to the garden. This upright perennial plant displays clustered flowers in a wide array of colors, including white, purple, red, pink, peach, blue, lavender and bi-colors, according to the University of Illinois Extension HortAnswers. Thriving in full sun, this animal-attracting perennial flower prefers moist, well-drained soil and blooms from July through September. Garden phlox grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.


Bellflowers (Campanula species) are perennial flowers that attract wildlife like rabbits and hummingbirds. These clumping perennials display blooms in white, blue and lavender hues during the summer season, according to the NC State University Cooperative Extension Service. Thriving in full sunlight, bellflowers prefer well-drained soil and cool night temperatures. Bellflowers reach a height of 9 to 60 inches. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8.

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