Jen Fulkerson wrote:I don't know anything about the flowers you have posted about. I wanted to add a couple to consider. I grow lots of flowers in my veggie garden, and everywhere else for that matter. Everything that is planted in my veggie garden must be eatable. Ever since my kids were little they were allowed to eat anything they want out of my veggie garden. Even today as adults it isn't unusual to see one of my kids grazing on what ever is ripe in the garden. So I make sure even the flowers are eatable. It makes for a lovely garden, and helps by adding diversity, and attracting lots of pollinators. Nasturtium aren't perennials, but once they are established they easily reseed themselves. I have a bunch going on 3 years now. They add color and a nice taste to a salad. Calendula or pot marigold is a super flower to grow. It is considered to be a perennial in some climates, but an annual in others. It is both eatable and used as an herb. Marigolds are annuals, but super easy to grow, they also help control pests in your garden. Zinnia's are another annual that is super easy to grow and eatable. Cornflower/Bachelor buttons are actually good for rabbits digestion. They are also eatable by people, but don't taste that good. Lets not leave out lavender. This is an easy perennial, that is eatable, and has a lot of other great uses. I double checked and all the flowers I mentioned are safe for you rabbit to eat. Good luck and happy gardening.
Krystal Comerford wrote:I mean this in the best way but you guys are not making this any easier!
To make it worse I am now also thinking about Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Cress which can be used as a salad green and then as a fresh or dried bouquet filler once it bolts.
Also just wanted to add for anyone else obsessed with multipurpose flowers, my new favourite that I had discovered last year is the Ruby buckwheat available from Baker Creek. I grow it as a cover crop, as forage for my bunny and it also makes a killer cut flower! Of course, if you let it go to maturity, you can also eat it as a grain.
D Tucholske wrote:Are you actually in the pacific NW, or just currently interested in plants from that region?
Anyway, only other good one I can think of from Ohio is Indian Potato (Apios Americana), though I don't know how it'll do in your area. People have been trying to domesticate it properly for years without much success. With the Bergamot, go Scarlet Bergamot. It's semi-domesticated & I saw seeds being sold from Outsidepride in Oregon, though don't know if that means it grows there too, or naturalized, or just used as a common ornamental. Oregon Grape & Camas are good edibles from that region too.
Overall, I'm not all that familiar beyond the Great Lakes Region, so I'd research more on the matter.