Edible Flowers E-M

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Edible Flowers E-M

Name Picture Comments  
English Daisy*

Bellis perennis

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Tastes like: tangy, leafy.
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Foeniculum vulgare

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Tastes like: sweet, licorice flavor.

Fuchsia X hybrida

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Tastes like: slightly acidic.

Gardenia jasminoides

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Tastes like: light, sweet flavor.

Gladiolus spp

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Tastes like: similar to lettuce.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

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Tastes like: slightly acidic, boiled makes a nice beverage.

Alcea rosea

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Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor.
Honeysuckle: Japanese

Lonicera japonica

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Berries are highly poisonous. Do not eat them!

Hyssopus officinalis

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Should be avoided by pregnant women and by those with hypertension and epilepsy.

Impatiens wallerana

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Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor.
Jasmine: Arabian

Jasminum sambac

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Tastes like: delicate sweet flavor, used for teas.

Viola tricolor

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Contains saponins and may be toxic in large amounts. Tastes like: sweet to bland flavor.

Lavendula species

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Lavender oil may be poisenous. Tastes like: floral, slightly perfumey flavor.
Lemon Verbena

Aloysia triphylla

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Tastes like: lemony flavor, usually steeped for tea.

Syringa vulgaris

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Tastes like: lemony, floral, pungent.
Mallow: Common

Malva sylrestris

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Tastes like: sweet, delicate flavor.
Marigold: Signet

Tagetes tenuifolia (aka T. signata)

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Tastes like: spicy to bitter.

Origanum majorana

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Tastes like:  slightly minty, citrus.

Mentha species

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Tastes like:  strong, clean minty.

Brassica species

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Eating in large amounts may cause red skin blotches.
*Only the petals of these composite flowers are edible. The pollen of composite flowers is highly allergenic and may cause reactions in sensitive individuals. Sufferers of asthma, ragweed, and hayfever should not consume composite flowers, and may have extreme allergies to ingesting any flowers at all.

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