RE: [gardeners] oleanders as toxic

Terry King (
Wed, 4 Jul 2001 07:30:18 -0700

Flowers that are good to eat:
Pansies/violas/jonny jumpups
Roses (if no toxic chemicals are used) makes yummy jelly!
Chyrsanthemums (again if no toxic chemicals are used)
Black Elder flowers (prepared as fritters, I've never tried but sounds good)

There are more but these are the first off the top of my head.

E. WA. zone 4

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Subject: [gardeners] oleanders as toxic

I don't like Oleanders but the mention of Houston brought them to
mind in the same context as toxic plants. I didn't realize how
deadly until a friend lost a horse. Actually he lost the horse to a
divorce. (sounds like a BAD country western song.)
This guy and wife had planted oleanders all around their home
when they moved in (years ago). The bushes had grown very tall
when folk started reminding them to keep them trimmed back
because they're poisonous. (The couple ran a horse
breeding/boarding facility in Conroe, just N of Houston.)
I don't know how it came about but in a fit of predivorce rage, he
hauled in a dozer and tore out all those oleanders, dumping them
over the fence to burn later. His own horse plus one boarder horse
nibbled some of the (now withering) leaves. The boarder lived but
(Visionary) didn't make it. They had plenty of hay and grass and
were well fed. This new 'treat' offered up by Dad by the
bucketloader full was just too interesting to pass up. Oleanders
stink anyhow, so nothing would eat much of them, but it only took
a mouthful or two. If they do this to a horse, what would it do to a
small child?
Azaleas also are poisonous (rhododendron). they don't bloom well
for me anyhow, so now I just admit 'Oh no, I can't grow them, toxic
to the livestock you know.'  And I almost lost a good milker to
Butterfly Weed we have growing wild on a hillside. She lived but
should have been part of the sausage brigade after that, never
milked worth a darn anymore.
Daylilies, on the other hand are very tasty! nasturtiums are super
easy to grow and the flower petals look and taste great in 'flower
butter'. (spicy) Squash blossom fritters are good stuffed too.
Besides the obvious, (chives, garlic chives, etc.) what other flowers
can you think of that are good to eat?

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