Friday, September 27, 2013

Jewelweed and Hummingbirds

Jewelweed is a wildflower that grows in most states. It appears more around creek bottoms and other low areas.  It's sap is used for a variety of medicinal purposes, the most popular being a cure for poison oak.
Hummingbirds absolutely love it.

These photos were made at Rock Springs, a park on the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Every year in September, migrating hummingbirds stop there for some nectar and refreshment.

Looking for wildflowers and hummingbirds may be the best way to spend a September Sunday afternoon.

Can you find the hummingbird in the one above?

The hummingbird below was playing hide-and-seek with me.

Jewelweed may not grow in my yard, but I have some seed and will try to grow some next year. If they grow, it is sure to increase my hummingbird population.