Common varieties of edible flowers

Here is a list of the most popular varieties of edible flowers as well as an exhaustive list of toxic plants to avoid.

Index of edible flowers

English name
Latin name
Annual/Perennial Flowering Culinary use
Begonia dragon wings
Begonia ‘DragonWing’

Annual

6-9

Fresh fruit dessert, cheese, fish, poultry, garnish
Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus

Annual

6-9

Leaves, seeds and flowers. Salads, vinegar, butter, cheese. In jelly (flowers) or marinated (seeds)
Squash
Cucurbita pepo

Annual

7-9

Stuffed with cheese, rice, tempura
Daylily
Hemerocallis sp.

Perennial

7-9

Salad, rice, stuffed, tempura, marinated (flower buds)
Touch-me-not
Impatiens walleriana

Annual

6-9

Salad, vegetable dish, garnish
Scarlet Beebalm
Monarda didyma

Perennial

7-9

Young leaves and flowers. Infusion, vinegar, cheese, jelly
Sweet William
Dianthus barbatus

Annual

7-8

Salad, jelly, butter, beverage, vinegar, garnish
Wild Pansy
Viola tricolor

Annual / Perennial

6-9

Salad, butter, jelly, fruity dessert, pastry
Garden Pansy
Viola X wittrockiana

Annual

6-9

Salad, butter, jelly, fruity dessert, pastry
Garden Marigold
Calendula officinalis

Annual

6-9

Salad, soup, oil, butter, cheese, rice
Spotted Signet Marigold
Tagetes tenuifolia

Annual

6-9

Salad, rice, omelette, pastry
Sunflower
Helianthus annuus

Annual

8-9

Seeds, flower buds, petals, rice salad, soup

Toxic flowers

  • Aconitum napellus
  • Actaea rubra
  • Anemone
  • Aquilegia
  • Aristolochia
  • Azalea
  • Brugmansia
  • Clematis
  • Autumnal Colchicum
  • Convalaria majalis
  • Corydalis
  • Daphne cneorum
  • Datura, Delphinium
  • Dicentra
  • Digitalis
  • Fritillaria
  • Heliotropium
  • Helleborus
  • Hyacinthus
  • Hydrangea
  • Ipomea tricolor
  • Iris
  • Lathyrus
  • Laurus nobilis
  • Lobelia
  • Lonicera
  • Lupinus
  • Narcissus
  • Nicotiana
  • Polygonatum multiflorum
  • Pulsatilla vulgaris
  • Rhododendron
  • Ricinus communis
  • Vinca
  • Wisteria