20 Plants Your Goldfinches Will Love

American Goldfinch | Aaron J Hill | Pexels

Talk about an eye grabber! I love the striking contrast of bright yellow and black that is a male Goldfinch. When they change from drab yellow-green in the spring to their beautiful, happy summer plumage, I know warm weather is definitely on the way.

Plant any or all of these to encourage your goldfinches to enjoy your yard, and do add a tube-style black oil sunflower feeder as a supplement until the seeds mature.

· Native thistle: Finches use thistledown to line their nests, and they absolutely love the seeds.

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· Coneflowers of any color attract butterflies as well as birds.

· Dandelions like thistle provide finches with food and nest lining material.

· Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) is another native that produces seeds beloved by finches.

· Goldenrod should be allowed to flower and produce nutritious seeds finches love to feast on in the autumn.

· Pigweed, buckwheat and sages also make them very happy!

Pink Cosmos Flower in Bloom | Azizun Ussama | Pexels

· Wild asters, cosmos, common daisies, marigolds, poppies and zinnias are relished by goldfinches at different times of the summer and fall. By the way, the seeds of cosmos plants fall to the ground and also attract buntings and sparrows.

· Of course, don’t forget sunflowers. Leave the seed heads on the tall stalks and watch the fun as your birds enjoy plucking the seeds themselves.

Yellow Sunflower Field Under Sunny Sky | Susanne Jutzeler | Pexels

· Milkweed produces seeds and down for the finches, but it also plays an important part in the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. In recent years the numbers of these beautiful butterflies have become so low as to be alarming. Planting native milkweed in your garden will provide food for the Monarch caterpillar, which dines exclusively on this plant. Look for the Monarch chrysalis on milkweed plants, keep an eye on it to see when a new Monarch butterfly emerges and adds to the population once again!

Adorable Spinus tristis bird sitting on blooming Solidago canadensis plant in sunlight | Chris F | Pexels

· Anise Hyssop (A. foeniculum) is a North American native and produces pretty purple bottle brush-like flowers.

· Brown Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) is a lovely flower in its own right.

· Bee Balm attracts butterflies and hummingbirds during the summer before it goes to seed.

· River Birch trees attract flocks of goldfinches at my house. They love to perch on the branches and chatter happily all day.

Here’s a bonus plant that I love: Iron Weed. It produces loads of seeds in the late summer time, but in the meantime it sports beautiful pink platform flower heads that attract beneficial bees and butterflies. It grows to 6 feet or more, so it will look better in the back of the garden.

Make sure you choose native varieties of the plants on this list whenever possible, and enjoy watching your birds feed themselves!

Connie Smith is the proud owner and manager of Grandma Pearl’s Backporch, LLC, and the expert author of many online articles about easy and unique ways you can create the best bird-friendly habitats to help wild birds survive and thrive. Discover how to create fun and safe backyard habitats for wild birds using their preferred plants and foods, while adding color, fragrance and beauty to your landscape. Find simple how-to projects for making your own unique bird feeders; and learn how easy it is to attract a variety of birds to your yard and gardens. Join the fun and visit today!


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