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.
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!
Bee Balm, Wild Bergamot
Ohio spiderwort made the spring list, but here it is again because it’s still blooming!
Photo by Radio Tonreg CC
All flowers in the genus Allium are edible!
Photo by Maja Dumat CC
Summer and winter squash blossoms are all edible. Make sure to harvest the male flowers!
All mountain mint flowers are edible!
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
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