Edible Flower: Some Crop Plants
Produce this Unique Flower

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An edible flower is just one of the unique, less known uses of plants. However, it should not be a surprise to find flowers that can be eaten or ingested in some manner. After all, they are modified shoot and there are plenty of edible stems and leaves.

A list of selected crop plants each capable of producing flowers that are edible is provided below. For more information, including the usable parts and how they are used, you may start with the references listed hereunder. The scientific names will be useful also in finding details about any plant.

Table EF-1. Partial list of crops with flowers that are edible (mainly from Peel [2004] and Newman and O’Connor [2012]).

Scientific Name

Abelmoschus aesculentus

Allium spp.

Anethum graveolens

Anthemis nobilis

Bellis perennis

Borago officinalis

Brassica spp.

Calendula officinalis

Cichorium intybus

Cucurbita spp.

Cynara scolymus

Dianthus spp.

Eruca vesicaria

Foeniculum vulgare

Hemerocallis fulva

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Humulus lupulus

Hyssopus officinalis

Lavandula angustifolia

Monarda didyma

Musa spp.

Ocimum basilicum

Phaseolus spp., ex. P. coccineus

Pisum spp., ex. P. sativum

Rosa spp.

Rosmarinus officinalis

Sambucus nigra

Sesbania grandiflora

Thymus spp.

Tropaeolum majus

Viola odorata

Viola tricolor

Common Names

Okra, gumbo, gombo






Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mustard

Calendula, pot marigold


Squash, Kalabasa, Pumpkin

Artichoke, Globe artichoke

Dianthus or pinks




Hibiscus, Gumamela, China rose

Hop, Common hop



Bergamot, Bee balm, Oswego tea

Plantain, Banana, Saging

Basil, Sangig, Balanoy

Beans, ex. Scarlet runner bean

Peas, ex. garden pea



Elderflower, Elder

Giant sesbania, Katuray, Gaway-gaway



Violet, Sweet violet

Heartsease, Pansy or Johnny Jump-Up

(Disclaimer: This list is for information purposes only in relation to angiosperms and plant structure. Although the author has had personal knowledge of and still continues to take nourishment from food that includes some botanical flowers, he does not recommend nor promote, either express or implied, any flower or part thereof for consumption.)


NEWMAN SE, O’CONNOR AS. 2012. Edible flowers. Retrieved Oct. 15, 2012 from http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07237.html.

PEEL L. 2004. Kitchen Garden: What to Grow and How to Grow It. HarperCollins Practical Gardener. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc. 176 p.

(Ben G. Bareja Oct. 2012)

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