Edible Flowers

by Juanita Schulze

Did you know there are actually edible flowers? That is right. There are flowers you can eat. They will not harm you and some even taste okay. There are also highly poisonous flowers that you want to keep your children and pets from. We will list the poisonous flowers at the bottom of the page.

Edible Flowers (You May Eat These)

Sometimes pretty flowers are used to top a cake, add to a salad, or as a garnish but can they be eaten?

It is important to eat flowers that you know for a fact are non-poisonous. You should only eat the ones you have grown so you know they are chemical free. Flowers you buy from a florist may have been sprayed with poisonous chemicals. Those grown in public places have been sprayed.

Keep in mind that most of the flowers do not taste all that great but they will look pretty on a wedding cake or birthday cupcakes.

Eat the petals only. Do not eat the stamen or pistil.

Place flowers on a moist paper towel after picking and refrigerate them in an airtight container. They could possibly last for up to ten days. If they look a little limp, place your flowers in ice water until they perk up.

Here is the list of flowers that are okay to eat and/or use on cakes or in dishes:

This list of edible flowers is not all-inclusive.

Poisonous Flowers (Do Not Eat!)

Do not eat these and do not use to decorate or garnish any food items. Keep your precious children and your pets away from these:

  • Amaryllis
  • Apple Blossoms
  • Apricot Blossoms
  • Asclepias
  • Asparagus
  • Azaleas
  • Baby's Breath
  • Belladonna
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Black Cherry Blossoms
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Bloodflower
  • Bluebells
  • Boxwood
  • Buckeye
  • Buttercup
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Caladium
  • Calla Lily
  • Calotropis
  • Carnation
  • Castor Bean Blossoms
  • Century Plant
  • Cherry Blossoms
  • China Berry
  • Chinese Lantern
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clematis
  • Columbine
  • Crown Vetch
  • Daffodils
  • Delphinium
  • Dogbane
  • Elderberry
  • English Laurel
  • Eucalyptus
  • Euphorbia
  • Fig Blossoms
  • Flowering Tobacco
  • Four O'Clock
  • Foxglove
  • Frangipani
  • Heather
  • Holly
  • Horse Nettle
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Juniper
  • Laceflower
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Loquat
  • Lupine
  • Marigold
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Peach Blossoms
  • Pineapple Blossoms
  • Poinsettias
  • Pokeweed
  • Poppies
  • Potato Blossoms
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb
  • Rubber Plant
  • Rue
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Sweetpea
  • Tomato Blossoms
  • Tulip
  • Water Hemlock
  • Wild Onion
  • Wisteria
  • Wormwood

This list of inedible flowers is not all-inclusive. There are many other poisonous flowers.

I would not have any of the poisonous flowers in my yard if I had small children or pets. Fencing them off does not always work. Children and animals may look at a fence like a challenge and then get into them.