During this post, we’re going to take a look at a few of our favourite plants with edible flowers. Most of these species flowers also provide excellent forage for a wide range of pollinators, so don’t eat all of them :)
We include the below species in all of our forest garden and polyculture landscapes and are always on the lookout for new species so please let us what your favourite edible flowers are in the comment section below.
Orange DayLily – Hemerocallis fulva
Famous for its beautiful orange flowers the Orange Daylily is adaptable, very tolerant of lots of different soil types, and highly attractive to a range of pollinators including butterflies. Daylily flowers last just one day, but each of the many stalks bears numerous flower buds, so the actual bloom time is much longer – more like weeks. The plants in our garden are really happy growing in the shade, creeping along the boundary wall of the property, making an ideal candidate for shady groundcover or a border. They are very hardy, and once established you should reliably have an annual harvest.
Calendula- Calendula officinalis
Overview: Calendula is an annual plant growing to 0.6m in height at a medium rate. It is usually in flower from May right through until October and the seeds ripen from August to November. The species is monoecious and is pollinated by Bees. It’s pretty tough and can grow in poorer quality soils, as well as being able to tolerate some drought. USDA hardiness zone 2 – 11.
Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea
Rose of Sharon – Hibiscus syriacus
Where and When to Harvest: Harvest the Hibiscus flowers when in full bloom by plucking off the tree and removing the calyx — the bulb-like part of the plant between the flower and the stem.
Top Tip: Hibiscus makes a great addition to iced tea!
Some more Plants with Edible Flowers
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