Culinary, Medicinal, Cosmetic & Dye Flowers & Herbs

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

The listed varieties do not represent the complete list of flowers that grow in the Greater Victoria Region.  It is a list that represents flowers grown, foraged, researched and integrated into the lifestyle of  this author.  The references to Renee’s gardens in the Greater Victoria Area refer to 3 separate gardening experiences using intention and the natural world for healing and discovery.  It began in Victoria, B.C., in James Bay with a focus of healing a broken community.  A later move to Oak Bay with a shift in focus to broken relationships and then to Oaklands with a continuing focus of  deepening  connection with natural ways and how nature and humans contribute to each other.  Each of the three intentions focused on different aspects of being in relationship with the plants such as colour, meaning, symbology and characteristics.

This list can be used to identify flowers in your own garden that can have culinary, medicinal, cosmetic uses.  They can be creatively infused in oils, waters and vinegar’s and made into tinctures, flower essences and plant dyes.  For the more romantic you may wish to consider the hidden language and meaning of flowers!  For enriching your environment one may wish to pay attention to placement using color and or symbology of the plant.  For more detailed information on the plant and how to explore its uses click on the link.


Symbols for Quick Reference above each plant entry:

Edible

Edible

Mortar

Medicinal

tea kettle

Tea/Infusion

Dye

Dye Plant

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Unfriendly for Deer


Alyssum

EdibleMortardeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Sweet Alyssum    Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  ‘Sweetness of soul and worth beyond beauty’

Annual

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Black Eyed Susan Vine

EdibleMortardeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Black Eyed Susan Vine Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Transformation – Obscurity Offers Itself to be Transformed

Annual Vine
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Black Eyed Susan Flowers

Mortartea kettleDyedeer

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Black Eyed Susan Flower Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Justice

Seasonal Biennial – Flowers 2nd Year

Buy Canadian Black Eyed Susan Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Borage

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Borage Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Courage

Annual – Self Seeding 

Buy Canadian Borage Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Butterbur ← click to read more

EdibleMortardeer

Meaning:  Justice shall be done

Seasonal –  Tubers Fast Spreading (Invasive)

Buy Canadian Butterbur Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Butter Fly Pea   ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Blue Butterfly Pea Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  A first step towards transformation

Annual – Vine

Buy Canadian Butterfly Pea Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Calendula ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Calendula Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Thinking of you

    Annual – Self Seeding

Buy Canadian Calendula Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Chinese Lanterns

EdibleMortardeer

Parts used:  Berries (only when ripe)

Meaning:  Safety, Comfort & Protection

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Chinese Lantern Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)


Creeping Jenny

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Creeping Jenny Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Hospitality

Seasonal  Perennial – Ground Cover – Fast Spreading 

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Crocosmia

EdibleMortarDyedeer

Renee's Oakland garden

Crocosmia
 Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Feelings of Love

 Seasonal –  Bulb – Fast Spreading
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Daisy – English ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

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English Daisy Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Innocence and Purity

Seasonal

Buy Canadian English Daisy Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Daisy  ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

Daisies

Daisy Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Simple Love

Seasonal

Buy Canadian Daisy seeds

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Dianthus

EdibleMortartea kettle

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Dianthus Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Flower of the Gods/Love

Seasonal –  Annual, Perennial in Warmer Climates

Buy Canadian Dianthus Plants

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Day Lily

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

 Meaning:  Humility & Devotion

Perennial Bulbs

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)

Echinacea

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

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Echinacea Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Strength

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Echinacea Seeds

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Evening Primrose ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Evening Primrose Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Life of Fulfillment

Biennial

Buy Canadian Evening Primrose Seeds

Renee's:  
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Feverfew  ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Feverfew Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Protection

Seasonal Perennial – (Evergreen in warmer climates)

Buy Canadian Feverfew Plants, Seeds & Dried Flowers

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Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Forget Me Not’s ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettledeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Forget Me Knots  Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:    True Love

Bi-annual – Self Seeding 

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Fuchsia  ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Fushia - Double Otto

Fuchsia
-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Overflowing Abundance

Seasonal Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Gladiolus

Edible

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Gladiolus Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Faith and Consistency

Seasonal Perennial – Bulb
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Gumweed ← click to read more

deerMortar

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Gumweed  Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Deepening Connections

Seasonal – Foraging along Pacific Ocean

Buy Canadian Gumweed Plant Seeds


Hens ‘n Chicks  ← click to read more

EdibleMortar

by Renee Lindstrom

Hens n’ Chick Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Timeless Love

Evergreen
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hollyhock  ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Hollyhock Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Fertility and Fruitfulness

Seasonal Perennial

Buy Canadian Hollyhock Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Honesty Plant

Edible

by Renee Lindstrom

Honesty/Silver Dollar Plant Photo- Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  transparency symbolizing integrity

Biennial – Self Seeding

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hosta ← click to read more

EdibleMortar

by Renee Lindstrom

Hosta Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Devotion

Seasonal Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Ladies Mantle

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Ladies Mantle Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:   Alchemy

Seasonal Perennial 

Buy Canadian Ladies Mantle 

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Lavender ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Meaning:  Serenity, Grace

Seasonal Perennial

Leaves Emerge Beginning of March

Buy Canadian Dutch Lavender 

Buy Canadian English Lavender

Folgate Lavender  (Labyrinth borders anyone)

Phenomenal Lavender

Buy Canadian European Lavender

Buy Canadian French Lavender

French Long Lavender

Buy Canadian Mediterranean Lavender

Buy Canadian Spanish Lavender

Spanish Sage Lavender

Spanish Wooly Lavender 

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Marigold

(Crackerjack – Tagetes erecta, French Marigold – Tagetes patula)

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

Meaning:  Jealousy

Annual

Buy Canadian Aztec Marigold Seeds

Buy Canadian French Marigold

Buy Red Gem Marigold

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Nasturtium

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Nasturtium Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Patriotism

Annual 

Buy Canadian Climbing Nasturtium

Buy Dwarf Nasturtium

Buy Tip Top Red Nasturtium

Buy Black Velvet Nasturtium

Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Oxalis

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Wood Sorrel Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Seasonal Perennial  – Spreading Ground Cover
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Pansy

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Pansy Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Think of Me

Evergreen Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Peony

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Peony Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Bashful

Seasonal – Tubers
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Polyanthus ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

Pic by Renee Lindstrom

Primrose Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  I can’t live without you

Seasonal Perennial 
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Saint John’s Wort

Dyedeer

St. John's Wort, Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Animosity, Superstition

Evergreen Perennial
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sand Strawberry

EdibleMortartea kettle

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Sand Strawberry Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Evergreen  Perennial – Spreading Groundcover
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Snap Dragons

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

by Renee Lindstrom

Snapdragon Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Presumption

Seasonal – Self Seeding Perennial 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sunflower

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

By Renee Lindstrom

Sunflower Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Pride, Appreciation

Annual – Seed

Buy Canadian Sunflower Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Tickseed

EdibleMortartea kettleDyedeer

pic by Renee Lindstrom

Tickseed Photo-Renee Lindstrom

MeaningDivine Cheerfulness, Hope, Love at first sight

Seasonal Perennial
Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Mallow deer

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Mallow Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  love for ones national and spiritual roots, ancestors

Annual – Seeds self spreading & invasive

Buy Canadian Common Mallow Seeds

Buy Canadian Chinese Mallow Seeds

Buy Canadian Mauritian Mallow Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Sage← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

sage

Sage

Meaning:  Good Health, To Save

Renee's: 

♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement)
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)


Celandine ← click to read more

 MortarDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Smallwort Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Seasonal Perennial – Whole plant Disappears after flowering (considered invasive)

Buy Canadian Celandine Seeds

Buy Canadian Dried Bulk Celandine Herb 

Renee's:
♥♥Oak Bay Garden (Relationships & Personal Healing: Placement & Symbology)
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Wild Violets ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Wild Violet Photo-Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Love, Faithfulness

Seasonal Perennial 

Buy Bulk Dried Violets on Amazon

Buy Buy Violet Herb Oil or Violet Essential Oil  on Amazon

Renee's:

♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2021  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000