Which flowers are the safest? The answer is twofold. First, no flower is safe to eat or use on or near food products unless it has been organically grown. This means no chemical herbicides or pesticides have been used on or around the plant. Rose fertilizers that contain systemic toxins are included in this category, as are any fertilizers of the weed-and-feed variety.
“This also means that edible flowers that are brought home from nurseries and garden centers are not safe to eat or use on or near food products unless they have been grown organically or sustainably (without toxins). …
“Secondly, for some people, eating pollen can trigger allergies or even asthma. To be safe, remove the pollen-bearing parts of each edible flower (the pistils and stamens). The sepals or calyx also should be removed from all flowers except the viola-violet clan (pansies, Johnny- Jump-Ups, violets and violettas).
Copyright 2002, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Garden expert Ann Lovejoy wrote in a May 23, 2002,
article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper: Reprinted by permission
That said, quite a number of flowers common to vegetable beds and ornamental borders are both lovely to look at and tasty to boot. Below you will find a list
Click Images to EnlargeAcacia Blossoms African Violets Almond Blossoms AlyssumApple Blossoms Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila) Baby’s TearsBachelor Button petalsBanana Blossoms Borage Substitutes:
Nasturtiums, Violets, Rose Petals Boston Fern BougainvilleaBromeliad Family California Poppy CameliaCarnationChamomileChive Flowers (Chive Blossoms) Christmas Cactus ChrysanthemumsClary Substitutes: Nasturtiums, Borage, Violets DahliaDaisy DaylilyDianthusDogwoodEaster lily English PrimrosesForget-Me-NotsFuchsiaGardeniaGeraniums – ScentedHawaiin Ti Plant HibiscusHollyhockIce Plant ImpatiensIndian Cress (Tropaeolum Majus)
Jamaica Sorrel (Jamaican Hibiscus) JasmineJohnny Jump-Up Substitutes: Pansy, VioletsLavendarLemon Blossoms LilacLily Buds Lily of the Nile Maidenhair Fern MarigoldsMimosa Blossoms Nasturtium Substitutes: Marigolds, Pansy Orange Blossom PansyPeach Blossom PetuniaPhloxPlum Blossoms Pussy WillowRoselleRoses Substitutes: Violets for crystalizing Snake PlantSnapDragonSquash blossoms Tiger Lily Velvet Plant – Purple ViolaViolet Substitutes: Nasturtium, Borage, Pansy Zinnia