Beyond their great appearances, herbal flowers are versatile and can be used medicinally and for culinary purposes. Others are pollinator attractors and may provide food for beneficial insects. Here are some multipurpose flowers to grow in your garden.
Medicinal Herbal Flowers
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender is known for its purple color and its ability to create feelings of relaxation, making it useful as a calmative and sleep aid. Studies have also shown that it can help cure several ailments including headaches, toothache, stomach ache, and other digestive issues.
Lavender also helps to speed up recovery wound treatments and repel insects. Nevertheless, this vivid-colored plant is loved by insects, particularly pollinators.
Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea)
Echinacea is a herbal flowering plant that not only looks good in gardens but is also used medicinally. The roots have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antibiotics while the bright-purple flowers offer defense against flu and colds.
Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
This is a flowering plant with plenty of medicinal uses thanks to its herbal flowers. The flowers can treat burns, cuts, abrasions, wounds, and other dermatological problems. Also, they are edible and can be used for culinary uses.
Drinking calendula tea can ease a sore throat and relieve menstrual cramps. The ointment can be used to treat and prevent radiation burns in cancer patients.
Edible Herbal Flowers
Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)
Sunflower seeds are edible and are commonly used in the production of cooking oil. These seeds can also be used as snacks or added to animal feed. Other people use the seed shells for animal beddings.
Sunflowers seeds are easy to plant and they reseed productively. After planting the seeds, germination will start between 7 and 10 days.
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica)
We mostly know Honeysuckle as an edible syrup ideal for flavoring ice creams, teas, baked goods, and other treats. This plant produces wax-like berries, which are also edible.
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
Despite being known as a weed, Dandelion is often sought after for its medicinal use. The roots are nutrient-rich and can be used to treat ailments like gall stones and stomach upsets.
Additionally, this plant is rich in Vitamin A and C, potassium, iron, and calcium.
Herbal Flowers Useful for Horticulture
Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
Sage belongs to the mint family and is popular for culinary use. It is often used with meaty dishes and as stimulant tea to aid with focus and memory. It can also be a great complement to cheese.
Due to its aroma, Sage is used as an insect repellant. Planting it near cabbage repels cabbage moths while planting it near tomatoes helps improve its flavor.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum spp.)
Nasturtium is a herbaceous shrub that is characterized by its range of flower colors including red, cream, orange, and pink. This makes it an excellent addition to any garden.
The flowers of this herb are edible and are usually added to salads. Furthermore, it can attract other insects like aphids, making it useful for other plants.
Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)
Yarrow is a dark green plant with toothed leaves. Also known as warrior plant, bloodwort, or thousand leaves, this plant is easy to plant and is used for medicinal purposes. It is also edible and has companion-planting properties.
It can attract parasitic wasps and repel harmful pests. Plus, it enhances the soil quality.