Re: [gardeners] oleanders as toxic

George Shirley (
Wed, 04 Jul 2001 12:20:50 -0500

Add daylilies and nastursiums.


Terry King wrote:
> Flowers that are good to eat:
> Pansies/violas/jonny jumpups
> Roses (if no toxic chemicals are used) makes yummy jelly!
> Borage
> 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.
> Terry
> E. WA. zone 4
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> 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?
> Martha, (Texas)
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