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Edible Flowers


Use any of these flowers to jazz up a salad or just decorate any item on the table at a meal, even floating the flowers in drinks (like borage), and with some you can make infused vinegars with the flowers (like all the alliums, although we are not sure about the other flowers here).

Borage

Borage is a coarse, hairy plant growing 2’-3’ tall. It is a very good bee plant. The mildly cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used in salads, and the bright blue flowers can be floated on cold drinks. Readily self seeds. This crop is also grown in Saskatchewan on a field scale for its seeds rich in gamma-linolenic acid.

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Calendula – Mix

Calendula or Pot Marigold usually blooms in a mixture of yellow and orange shades. This selection also has some darker shades and contrasting centres. The flowers have been used for centuries in cooking (hence pot marigold), dying, and in skin ointments.

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Calendula – Flashback Mix

Flashback Mix has red or maroon backs on the petals. The upward facing side may be orange, apricot, peach, vanilla or yellow with sometimes several colours on one flower. The flowers close in the evening showing off the red backs.

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Signet Marigold – Lemon Gem

Signet Marigold produces a low mound of lacy foliage covered by hundreds of small single flowers. Lemon Gem has lemon-yellow flowers and the whole plant is lemon scented. The flowers are a lovely addition to salads. Blooms from early summer to frost. Direct seed or start as bedding plants.

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Signet Marigold – Gem Mix

Signet Marigolds produce a low mound of lacy foliage covered by hundreds of small single flowers. The whole plant is scented and the flowers are a lovely addition to salads. Blooms from early summer to frost. Direct seed or start as bedding plants. Gem Mix includes flowers in a wide range of yellows and browns.

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Nasturtium – Alaska Mix

Nasturtium, a Peruvian native, has been grown in gardens for a very long time. The shield-shaped leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled. The original nasturtiums were long trailing plants but we are offering two compact varieties. Alaska Mix has variegated foliage marked with creamy white and flowers in a range of reds, oranges, and yellows.

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Nasturtium – Empress of India

Nasturtium, a Peruvian native, has been grown in gardens for a very long time. The shield-shaped leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled. The original nasturtiums were long trailing plants but we are offering two compact varieties. Empress of India has dark bluish-green foliage with flowers of an intense crimson-scarlet and dates back to the late 1800’s.

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Edible Nasturtium

This nasturtium is a compact plant with blue-green shield shaped leaves and red flowers. The leaves have a tangy, cress-like flavour and are used in salads. Flowers are also eaten and buds and seeds can be pickled.

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Pansy – Johnny-Jump-Up

Johnny-Jump-Up is a very small flowered semi-wild pansy. It is an annual or short lived perennial that self-seeds easily. Its cheerful purple, yellow, and white flowers are among the first to appear in the spring and may bloom off and on until frost.

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Mouse Garlic

Mouse Garlic is harvested and consumed in the spring in its native Russia. The flat leaves are bent at the middle rib (hence angulosum). Round mauve flower heads blooming mid-season.

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Nodding Onion

Nodding Onion is native to the foothills and Rockies and is an early summer bloomer. The flowers are from white to pink to lavender and are borne in clusters atop the stalks which are bent over so that the flowers nod toward the ground. Grows wild in the prairies of southern Saskatchewan.

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Allium Cyathophorum

Allium Cyathophorum is an attractive little plant with flat, narrow leaves to about 8″ high. Flowers are a deep reddish purple and bell-shaped in one-sided pendulous umbels.

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Small Yellow Onion

Small Yellow Onion has glaucous (blue-green) foliage and loose open umbels of dangling, bell-shaped, straw-yellow flowers. Germinates in 2-3 months at cool temperatures.

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Allium Hymenorrhizum

Allium Hymenorrhizum is an Asian native bearing tight round balls of purplish-pink flowers over a long period in summer.

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Allium Obliquum

Allium Obliquum is a tall species (2’—3′) from northwest Asia looking somewhat like leeks, with tight spherical yellowish-white flower heads.

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Allium Ramosum

Allium Ramosum is native to central Asia and quite similar to Garlic Chives except that the plants are taller and the white flowers appear earlier.

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Allium Scorodoprasum

Allium Scorodoprasum has numerous rosy-violet flowers in round umbels and flat grass-like leaves.

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Allium Stellatum

Allium Stellatum is an upright allium (to about 1 1/2′) with pink flowers that Jim found growing wild on the grounds of St. Peter’s Abbey.

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Allium Textile

Allium Textile is a very short, very early white-flowered allium which is the first plant to show green on the short-grass prairie. This now completes my collection of the three alliums that grow wild in Saskatchewan.

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Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives has showy white, globe shaped flower heads in late summer. The flat leaves are mildly garlic flavoured and can be used like regular chives (as all aliums can be). Some winter kill here.

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Giant Chives

Giant Chives may be a selection from chives (Allium schoenoprasum) or a separate species but it has large showy spherical purple flower heads and you can use it like chives (as all alliums can be).

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Chives

Chives have round hollow green leaves with a mild onion flavour and are used in salads. The mauve flowers are also used as an edible garnish.

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Dianthus – Amur Pink

Amur Pink forms dense mounds to 1′ covered with large (for a Dianthus) reddish violet flowers from July to frost.

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Dianthus – Clusterhead Pink

Clusterhead Pink has heads of magenta flowers clustered on the ends of tall (2’–3′) wind resistant stems.

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Dianthus – Sweet William

Sweet William has been grown in gardens for hundreds of years. The flat topped flower heads are closely packed with single flowers mostly in shades of pink and red with some bicoloured. Biennial or short lived perennial.

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