10 Edible, Herbal and Medicinal Flowers

From calendulas to sunflowers, find out how these edible and medicinal flowers can aid in your everyday life.



Calendula Flowers
Annuals such as calendula, ammi, nasturtium, sunflower and alyssum are easy to grow and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
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Grow beautiful echinacea — often called purple coneflower — and tap its immune-boosting power in homemade tinctures.
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Annuals such as calendula, ammi, nasturtium, sunflower and alyssum are easy to grow and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
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Annuals such as calendula, ammi, nasturtium, sunflower and alyssum are easy to grow and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
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Annuals such as calendula, ammi, nasturtium, sunflower and alyssum are easy to grow and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
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Annuals such as calendula, ammi, nasturtium, sunflower and alyssum are easy to grow and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
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Relax with lavender by placing sachets of dried flowers in your linen closets.
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You can add petals of day lilies to your salad for an extra serving of antioxidants.
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Some of the prettiest woodland medicinals include pinkroot ('Spigelia marilandica'; shown here) and fragrant black cohosh ('Actaea racemosa'), which thousands of women use to ease the symptoms of menopause.
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Long-blooming garlic chives look great in the garden, and the seeds make spicy sprouts for winter salads.
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Yarrow attracts beneficial insects to the garden and makes a great dried flower.
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