RE: [gardeners] oleanders as toxic

Terry King (
Wed, 4 Jul 2001 11:55:46 -0700

Right,  I forgot those.  I've heard of pickling nastursiums buds and using
them as faux capers.

Once took an edible wild plants class once so most of my experiments have
been with wild plants.

Most of mustard family can be eaten too.  Some can be very spicy.


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of George Shirley
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2001 10:21 AM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] oleanders as toxic

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
> There are more but these are the first off the top of my head.
> Terry
> E. WA. zone 4
> -----Original Message-----
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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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