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Edible flowers-
March 14, 2010, 5:00 pm
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Edible flowers-

The list of edible flowers is just about as long as the list of
poisonous flowers. The longest list, however, is of the “perhaps
blossoms”-perhaps they are edible and perhaps they are not. At the
top of nearly every list of edible flowers is nasturtiums/pansies
both by virtue of their color and taste. The list would also include
spring crocus, California poppy, baby’s breath, violets, including
African violets, forsythia, Easter lily (Lillium longiflorum),
dogwood, dandelion, phlox, petunia, penny, gardenia, marigolds,
impatiens, hibiscus snapdragons, yucca daylilies, gladiolus, squash,
flowering herbs including chicory, anise, hyddop, lavender, chives,
clary, sage, rocket, dill, rosemary, basil, coriander, garlic,
chives, lemon balm, lemon verbena, oregano, thyme, borage, bee balm,
mints, chrysanthemums (C. monifolium), lilac, elderberry, calendula,
dianthus, primrose, wild geranium, Rosa (obviously including roses
but also other members of the genus such as apple blossoms, plum,
peach, pear and hawthorne), honeysuckle, hollyhocks, daisy (Bellis
perennis, wild and cultivated). Johnny-jump-up, red clover, mallow,
yarrow, tulip, beans (especially white dutch, emperor runner,
scarlet and hyacinth bean-not really a bean but Dolichos lablab,
garden peas (not sweet peas which are poisonous), and sunflowers.
This list is not intended to be all inclusive but instead indicative
of the great variety available.

And here is a list of the most commonly confronted flowers which
have been demonstrated to be toxic. This list is by no means
exhaustive and some flowers that are reported not to be toxic may
cause allergic-type reactions in sensitive individuals. Plants noted
from a variety of sources as toxic include: clematis, hydrangea,
sweet peas, belladona lily, cardinal flowers, azalea, daffodils,
narcissus, larkspurs, buttercups, lily-of-the-valley, fox-glove,
bleeding hearts, fall crocus, pansies, periwinkle, hemlock,
rhododendron, wisteria, Virginia creeper, may apple, oleander,
lupine, hyacinth, four-o’clock, carnation, cotoneaster and cyclamen.


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