Leave Seed Heads for Songbirds

As we begin the transition from summer to fall, many of our summer flowers are starting to go to seed. It is often tempting to cut off the seed heads in an attempt to make our gardens looks neater, especially if you don’t want the plants spreading anymore. However, songbirds love to eat the seeds of many of our wildflowers. Purple coneflowers, grey-headed coneflowers, black-eyed susans, sunflowers (native and ornamental), and ironweed are just a few examples of flowers that produce seeds which songbirds will devour. So if you want an easy way to attract more songbirds to your yard, just allow your summer flowers to go to seed instead of chopping them down as soon as they finish flowering.

One way to attract songbirds, such as goldfinches, to the garden is to allow wildflowers to go to seed. Photo credit: Eric Burson, cc-by-sa 3.0

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology.

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