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Edible Summer Wildflowers

There’s nothing like going out to the garden and eating your flowers to make the dogs days of summer more bearable (ha!) -especially when they can beautify a huge glass of cool water. Or garnish your favorite garden squash.

Garden phlox and purple coneflowers garnish yellow squash.
I love yellow squash, and it’s even better covered with phlox and purple coneflower petals.

10 Summer Wildflowers to Eat

After checking and double checking, I can confidently say the flowers of the following native plants are great in the summer garden, and good for the summer kitchen as well. But please make sure you always properly identify your wildflower before eating it! And if you have pollen allergies to certain types of flowers, please also avoid eating them. Let me know if you give these a try!

a bumblebee visits a Monarda fistulosa flower

Bee Balm, Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Ohio spiderwort flowers, Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio spiderwort made the spring list, but here it is again because it’s still blooming!

Evening primrose flowers

Evening primrose
Oenothera biennis

Photo by Radio Tonreg CC

A bumblebee visits nodding onion flowers

Nodding onion
Allium cernuum

All flowers in the genus Allium are edible!

Garden phlox, Phlox paniculata, in bloom

Garden phlox
Phlox paniculata

Yucca flowers

Yucca
Yucca filamentosa

Photo by Maja Dumat CC

A female Eastern tiger swallowtail visits a purple coneflower

Purple Coneflowers
Echinacea purpurea

Squash  flowers

Squash!
Cucurbita spp.

Summer and winter squash blossoms are all edible. Make sure to harvest the male flowers!

A wasp visiting mountain mint flowers

Mountain mint
Pycnanthemum spp.

All mountain mint flowers are edible!

Carolina rose flowers, Rosa carolina

Carolina rose
Rosa carolina

All wild roses (Rosa genus) flower petals are edible! Remove the white portion because it can be bitter. Photo by D. Gordon E. Robertson CC

Resources:

Plants for a Future

Edible Wild Food, by Karen Stephenson

Dining Wild: Native edible plants are naturals for home gardens, farms by Nadia Navarrete-Tindall

Eat the Weeds, by Green Deane

Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie, by Kelly Kindsher

What’s Cooking America

The Natural Gardener

2 replies on “Edible Summer Wildflowers”

What a way to dress up that yellow squash! I have gotten into the habit of pretty routinely going out into my garden and grabbing some parsley, chives, sage, basil, etc to add some flavor and flavonoids to my lentil soups, salads, etc. I am now going to expand my picking significantly. I love your newsletter!

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