I was having dinner in my backyard, enjoying the spring breeze and the close of a nice weekend when I saw a rufous hummingbird fly rather low and feed on my lantana! It was quite a site – I hadn’t imagined lantana as being the type of plant that hummers enjoy, but apparently this one did! It fed off several locations of one lantana plant (which grows fast and robustly in SoCal) for at least 15 seconds. This was an outstanding surprise. All of this happened amidst the symphony of northern mockingbird song!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: Lantana is highly poisonous if it is ingested. I’ve gotten a rash after pruning it. Please take care with this plant. More information on toxic plants can be found here:


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