Edible Flowers

heartsease.pngRead a nice article on edible flowers at www.treehugger.com but too often they forget to give us the botanical names to avoid confusion (and potential poisoning). So here’s the list again with botanical names.1. Allium (Allium sp.)

2. Angelica (Angeleica archangelica)

3. Anise hyssop (Hyssop officinalis)

4. Arugula (Eruca vesicaria sub. sativa) also called Rocket

5. Bachelor’s button (Centauria cyanus)

6. Basil (Ocimum basilicum, O. sanctum )

7. Bee balm (Monarda didyma) also known as Bergamot, Lemon Balm also known as Bee Balm (Melissa officinalis) is also edible.

8. Borage (Borage officinalis)

9. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) also known as Pot Marigold. 
Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia is edible, not other Tagetes sp.)

10. Carnations / dianthus (Dianthus plumarius, D. caryophyllus, D. barbatus) known as “Pinks” but only the blossom is edible, leaves quite toxic.

11. Chamomile (Chamaelum nobile, syn. Anthemis nobilis)

12. Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)

13. Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

14. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum coranarium) also known as Garland Chrysanthemum.

15. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)

16. Citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat)

17. Clover (Trifolium sp.)

18. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)

19. Dill (Anthum graveolens)

20. English daisy (Bellis perennis)

21. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

22. Fuchsia (Fuchsia x hybrida)

23. Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.)

24. Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa sinensis)

25. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

26. Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)

27. Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)

28. Johnny Jump-Up (Viola tricolor) also known as Heartsease.

29. Lavender (Lavandula sp.)

30. Lemon berbena (Aloysia triphylla) should be “Lemon Verbena”

31. Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

32. Mint (Mentha spp)

33. Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

34. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

35. Pansy (Viola X wittrockiana)

36. Radish (Raphanus sativus)

37. Rose (Rosa sp.)

38. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

39. Sage (Salvia officinalis)

40. Squash and pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo)

41. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

42. Violets (Viola odorata) also try Australian native violets (Viola hederacea)