do birds eat aster seeds

Birds–chirping, whistling, and singing—are integral contributors to the daily symphony of garden sounds. Their presence is also a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Attract them by using the right combination of flowering plants and focusing on a succession of blooms and seeds. The end result will be a beautiful landscape and a smorgasbord for birds.

The majority of bird-friendly blooms need sunny space, though a few, like allium and black-eyed Susan, can flourish in light shade. Some species will thrive in the leanest soil, while others prefer a growing medium enriched with organic material like Fafard Premium Natural & Organic Compost.

Zinnias, cosmos, marigolds and other prolific annuals are “cut and come again” flowers, producing fresh flowers over and over again after deadheading or cutting. In fact, the biggest dilemma for bird and bloom-loving gardeners may be whether to enjoy cut flowers or let them set seeds for hungry birds. When in doubt, plant enough for both uses and refrain from deadheading at the end of the gardening season.

The ten flowering plants below are among the best at providing beauty, ease of culture, and food for avian visitors.

Spring Flowers for Birds

do birds eat aster seeds

Golden Groundsel (Packera aurea, Zones 3-9): The native golden-yellow flowers of golden groundsel are repellant to troublesome garden critters like deer and rabbits, but magnetic for pollinators and birds. Their golden-yellow clusters of daisies attract lots of pollinators (some of which birds eat) and brighten partially sunny to shaded beds and look great in woodland gardens. Flowering may start in mid-spring and continue to late spring. Leave the fluffy white seed heads for the birds to enjoy! Plants may spread, so give them space to move.

do birds eat aster seeds

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus): An old-fashioned annual that blooms from May to July, cornflowers are also referred to as “bachelor buttons.” Although bright blue is the most common color of cornflowers, some varieties may also have blue-purple, dark purple, white, or pink flowers. These flowering plants are good for gardeners with poor soil because birds prefer slender environments. Cornflowers respond to pruning by producing more blooms, just like other annuals. Make sure to allow the flowers to go to seed as soon as possible, as seen from the viewpoint of a bird. The seed that the birds drop or leave behind will sprout again the next year.

To see if I can get the birds to eat the seeds in their natural state, I’m trying to sprout the other seeds in the birdseed mix besides sunflower. I’ve so far gotten nice brown seedheads on grass-like sprouts and something with corn-like leaves, but the seedleads are again more grass-like and definitely not corn. I also tried Wheat which is now nice and brown. My intended natural bird buffet is getting no attention from any of the birds in the garden. I believe that the birds need to consume seeds in their natural growing state. Do they have to wait until the snow flies to notice something new?

I let my veggie garden’s buckwheat to go to seed, and while I frequently see birds flying through, I’m not sure if they’re consuming the grain. More Discussions.


What seeds do birds not eat?

Cheap Seeds But, the cheap filler seeds in economy mixes, such as wheat, cracked corn, milo, and oats, are not birds’ favorite foods.

Will birds eat marigold seeds?

The one thing that they all have in common is large, cone-shaped centers filled with seeds. Goldfinches, in particular, love them. Marigold seeds are numerous and feed birds.

What are the best seed plants for birds?

Some annual plants also provide great seeds for the birds. Zinnias, moss roses, cosmos, and marigolds are great examples to plant in your yard and containers. But don’t forget about the perennial grasses, which have become very popular in the last few years.