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: Safe edible flowers:

03-30-2009, 11:06 PM
Since recently learning that I've been around Hibiscus flowers this whole time and could have given them to my babies...I decided to do more research and found these edible flowers:


Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

Apple blossum (Malus domestica)

Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Bee balm (Monarda)

Borage blossoms (Borago officinalis)

Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.)

Calendula (Pot Marigold) (Calendula officinalis)

Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus)

Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Chives (allium schoenoprasum)

Coriander/cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)


Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.)

Dill (Anethum graveolen)

Elderberry (Sambucus spp.)


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

Garlic (Allium sativum L.)


Grapefruit (Citrus x paradise)


Honeysuckle (Lonicera)


Jarcaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)

Kumquat (various Fortunella species)

Lilac (Oleaceae Syringa)

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Lemon (Citrus lemon)

Milk thistle (Silybum species)

Melalecuca (Melaleuca quinquinervia)


Orchid tree (Bauhinia verigata)

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Pansies (Viola tricolor)

Passion flowers (Passifloraceae Passiflora)

Petunia (Petunia spp.)

Plum (Prunoideae Prunus)

Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta)

Roses/Rose hips (Rosoideae Rosa)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Runner Beans (Phaseolus coccineus)

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)

Thyme (Lamiaceae Thyme)

Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo.)

Violets (Violaceae Viola)

I compared them to several sites but the main info was taken from

03-30-2009, 11:19 PM
All those flowers would make one pretty salad :p

03-30-2009, 11:31 PM
Milk thistle is GREAT for the liver :)

I was going to get a couple tiels about a year and half ago that had a liver problem, and they were on liquid Milk thistle(at that time I never heard of it period) so i went searching to make sure the lady was right. And she was.

I forgot to dig out my bag of flower seeds/bulbs today but I will be doing it tomorrow because my b/f Thinks for our area April is when we plant ours So I told him I'd look tomorrow I know i've got a lot or at least some on that list

and with US growing them, I know where they were, what was used on them, and that they're safe

But I do have one Question we use Miracle Grow in the water that we water them with. Would that make it unsafe for the birds ?

if so I just won't use any this year

The year before last I used it on my wild flower garden and man did it grow awesome we bought a small box of wild flower seed and tilled part of my yard and just sprinkled the entire box in the area and for the first few weeks the water we watered it with had Miracle grow in (well the generic form) I loved it :) had fresh cut flowers in my house all summer long

03-30-2009, 11:32 PM
I would not use miracle grow but what you can use is leftovers from fruits, veggies, etc or natural composte....ummm cow...stuff.

03-30-2009, 11:35 PM
Ok , thanks :)

if anything I'll have one section for Birds only - no miracle grow

then if i need to use it on others that aren't for the birds I will

I have a feeling a few parts of my house where I want to plant flowers they're not going to grow with out some help the dirt is kinda icky there but it's so bare and ugly I got to put something there, I may buy a few flats of already grown plants to put there and save all my seeds and bulbs that are bird safe for the birds :D