20 Native Plants That Attract Juncos

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If you're a bird enthusiast, specifically interested in attracting juncos to your garden, you'll want to consider planting native plants that these birds find irresistible. Juncos, also known as snowbirds or dark-eyed juncos, are delightful little sparrows known for their distinctive markings and charming behavior. To create a welcoming habitat for these feathered friends, here are 20 native plants to consider planting in your garden:

1. Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

The berries of the Eastern Red Cedar are a favorite of juncos, especially during the winter when other food sources can be scarce.

2. Common Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Common juniper provides excellent cover for juncos, and they'll often forage for insects among its branches.

3. Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Wild columbine attracts juncos with its nectar-rich flowers and provides nesting material in its feathery seeds.

4. Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)

This shrub offers winter berries that juncos love and striking red twigs that add interest to your garden.

5. Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Eastern hemlocks provide excellent shelter for juncos and are a favored roosting spot during harsh weather.

6. Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)

Serviceberries produce small, sweet fruits that juncos eagerly devour.

7. Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

These vibrant flowers not only attract juncos but also add a splash of color to your garden.

8. Blueberry Bush (Vaccinium spp.)

Blueberry bushes provide tasty and nutritious berries that juncos can't resist, especially during summer.

9. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

Wintergreen's evergreen leaves and bright red berries are a winter treat for juncos.

10. Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Juncos often seek refuge in the branches of Eastern White Pine during harsh weather.

11. American Holly (Ilex opaca)

The bright red berries of the American Holly are a winter favorite for juncos.

12. Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

Spicebush provides both food and shelter for juncos and other birds.

13. Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

The Eastern Redbud's flowers and seeds are attractive to juncos throughout the year.

14. Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)

Juncos enjoy the waxy berries of the Northern Bayberry, especially in late fall and winter.

15. Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

This vine provides cover and insects for juncos to feast on.

16. Eastern Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

Eastern blueberries are a delicious treat for juncos and other wildlife.

17. Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)

The Virginia Sweetspire's fragrant flowers attract insects, a valuable food source for juncos.

18. White Oak (Quercus alba)

White oak trees provide acorns, a vital food source for juncos.

19. Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Black cherries are a favorite of juncos and other fruit-eating birds.

20. Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

These vibrant flowers not only attract juncos but also add a splash of color to your garden.

Remember that juncos are ground feeders, so providing a mix of plants that offer food, cover, and perching spots will create an ideal habitat. Additionally, consider offering bird feeders with seeds that juncos love, such as millet and sunflower seeds.

By incorporating these native plants into your garden, you can enjoy the presence of juncos year-round. Plus, you'll be helping these lovely birds thrive in their natural habitat.

Happy birdwatching!