Edible Plants

*Photo (c) “The Amazing Serviceberry”

Native plants offer a surprising breadth of edible qualities for you and local wildlife to enjoy. Be sure to learn more about successful cultivation and food preparation methods for any plant before consuming.

Woody Plants

P-Viola cornuta-11
Johnny Jump Up
W-Amelanchier arborea-2
Serviceberry Flower
Chicago Rainbow Daylily
P-Allium tricoccum-6
Wild Ramp
Strawberry flower

Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
One tap for every 10-12 inches of growth in diameter;
beautiful progression of colorful foliage throughout the season.

Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua
Can be tapped like a maple;
multi-color fall foliage with a pleasant aroma.

Improve wildlife forage and harvest
nuts for personal consumption.

Chestnut Castanea mollissima
Hazelnut Corylus americana
Beech Fagus sylvatica
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa

Stone Fruit
Flowering, fruiting, and aromatic trees
enhance the home landscape.

Wild Plum Prunus americana
Fruiting Cherry Prunus hybrids
Peach Prunus hybrids
Grape Vitis hybrids

Pome Fruit
Flowering Quince Chaenomeles speciosa
Juniper Juniperus species
Apple Malus hybrids 
Pear Pyrus hybrids

A sweet treat for you and local wildlife.

Serviceberry Amelanchier species
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens                             Honeyberry Lonicera caerulea
Blackberry Rubus pensilvanicus
Elderberry Sambucus canadensis
Blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum
Lowbush Cranberry Vaccineum macrocarpon
American Cranberry Bush Viburnum opulus var. americanum

Herbaceous Plants

Blueberry Fruit
Bachelor’s Button
P-F-Matteuccia struthiopteris-4
Ostrich Fern

Edible roots, foliage, and flowers are an added benefit
of charismatic understory plants.

Hollyhock Alcea rosea
Wild Ramp Allium tricoccum
Chives Allium schoenoprasum
Asparagus Asparagus hybrids
Wild Canadian Ginger Asarum canadense
English Daisy Bellis perennis
Swiss Chard Beta vulgaris
Bachelor Buttons Centaurea montana
Pinks Dianthus species
Daylily Hemerocallis hybrids
Lovage Levisticum officinale
Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris*  
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Mint Mentha hybrids
Beebalm Monarda didyma
Primrose Primula species
Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbam
Johnny Jump Up Viola cornuta

*The fiddleheads are edible.