Supplemental Talk: Landscaping your Lunch

Predominantly native, non-invasive plants to consider adding to your home landscaping to improve your wellness and enhance your space!

Floral FoodTo note:
RedbudOne of the first to bloom in spring. Enjoy their heart-shaped leaves or try making the Appalachian classic, Redbud flower Jelly. 
MagnoliaGinger-flavored petals are excellent in “ginger”-snap cookies, or pickled sushi “ginger”
DaylilyThese iconic yellow blossoms are excellent stuffed just like squash blossoms. Don’t confuse them with any other kind of lily!
RoseFrom turkish delight to rosewater toner, roses add a delightful fragrance. Beware of store-bought cut roses, as they may have pesticide residues.
Mosquito-Repellent PlantsTo note:
CatmintBunching, easier to grow than lavender but similar appearance
RosemaryPrefers arid conditions, well suited to containers
LavenderPrefers arid conditions
Anise HyssopBunching, wonderful tea to aid digestion
Mountain MintNative to eastern North America, highly fragrant.
Yard SaladTo note:
CloverClover flower tea is a popular tea with a long medicinal history. Leaves are commonly grown as sprouts and microgreens.
DandelionHigh in vitamins and minerals, the flowers and leaves can be eaten fresh. Roast the root for a delicious coffee substitute.
ViolasBeautiful addition to any meal, high in anthocyanins
Wild onion/garlicStrongly scented clumps are frequently found in lawns during spring. Use the greens or bulblets like any other allium.
Wood sorrelReadily found in the fall. Their clover-like leaves and delicate yellow flowers are high in vitamin C and have a citrus flavor.
Medicinal TeasThings of note:
YarrowThe delicate queen-anne’s lace-like flowers, tiny fern-shaped leaves and roots have been used to heal wounds, relax muscles and much more. Brew as a tea or add to salads.
St. John’s WortBeautiful drought-tolerant shrub with yellow flowers that pollinators adore. Be cautious before ingesting the leaves and flowers; many medications interact with St. John’s Wort.
EchinaceaBeautiful and long-lasting purple flowers and hearty green foliage. The leaves, roots and flowers of this perennial flowering plant have been widely used historically to treat colds, boost the immune system and alleviate pain.
Hibiscus/Rose of SharonHigh in vitamin C, these large tropical-looking flowers come in all different colors, and make a tangy tea that is known for lowering blood pressure. 

Be Safe! 

  • Do not ingest any plants from public or private land other than your own unless you have permission and are positive that no harmful chemicals have been used
  • Always make sure you have definitely identified a plant and what parts of it are edible
  • Some plants have toxic leaves and edible roots or vice versa
  • Some have toxic look-alikes
  • Some might be safe for consumption for most people, but not all, especially if pregnant, on specific medications, or have an allergy
  • Any plant with purported medicinal properties are usually only anecdotally supported, as not a lot of peer reviewed research has been done on herbal medicines