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Edible Flowers Guide

Poisonous Flower Varieties


Although there are probably many more flowers in the garden which can be eaten safely we would recommend that you confine yourself to trying the ones mentioned in our Edible Flowers Guide and avoid anything that has not been widely recommended.

The following common garden flowers which are ALL POISONOUS to a greater or lesser degree should be especially avoided:


  • Anemone (Anemone)
  • Celandine (Chelidonium majus)
  • Columbine (Aquilegia)
  • Christmas Rose (Helleborus)
  • Clematis (Clematis spp)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen)
  • Daffodil (Narcissus)
  • Delphinium (Delphinium)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Fritillary (Fritillaria)
  • Globe Flower (Trollius)
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.)
  • Iris (Iris)
  • Laburnum (Laburnum)
  • Leopards Bane (Doronicum)
  • Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)
  • Lupin (Lupinus)
  • Marsh Marigold (Caltha)
  • Monkshood (Aconitum)
  • Morning Glory (Ipomoea)
  • Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)
  • Periwinkle (Catharanthus)
  • Pheasants Eye (Adonis)
  • St John’s Wort (Hypericum)
  • Spurge (Euphorbia)
  • Swallow Wort (Asclepias)
  • Thorn Apple (Datura)
  • Tobacco Plant (Nicotiana)