Edible plants

An exhaustive list of 'edible' plants is scarcely possible - nor is it possible to define "edible" adequately. However Plants For A Future have done such a good job, I would not care to compete! So this list is based on my own experience and hopefully adds something to the PFAF database.

So this list is simply of the plants that are special to eat or have attracted my attention or, sometimes, that I have tried and found to be wanting or I have used in not usual ways, or simply have interesting photos.

This site gets added to as the fancy takes me - but I have a lot of photos that I could add, and pages that I could write. So if you want to know about any particular plant on the list, or can help in any way, please use the contact button.


Index - common and Latin names

There is a separate pictorial index.

Entries under the latin names in the left hand column have been marked:

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Index - Common namesIndex - Latin names
Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum
Angelica Angelica Sylvestris
Bittercress, Large Cardamine amara
Bittercress, Hairy Cardamine hirsuta
Bittercress, Wood Cardamine flexuosa
Borage Borago officinalis
Brooklime Veronica Beccabunga
Cabbage Brassica oleracea
Cat's Tail Typha Latifolia
Charlock Sinapsis arvensis
Chervil Anthriscus cerefolium
Chickweed Stellaria media
Chives Allium schoenoprasum
Cleavers Galium aparine
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara
Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Cow parsley Anthriscus sylvestris
Crosswort Cruciata Laevipes
Cuckoo flower Cardamine pratensis
Fat Hen Chenopodium album
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare>
Fool's watercress Apium nodiflorum
Good king henry Chenopodium bonus-henricus
Garlic mustard Alliaria petiolata
Glasswort Salicornia sp
Goat's beard Tragopogon pratensis
Goosegrass Galium Mollugo
Golden Saxifrage Chrysosplenium alternifolium
Golden Saxifrage Chrysosplenium oppositifolium
Great Hairy willowherb Epilobium hirsutum
Ground elder Aegopodium podagraria
Hedge bedstraw Galium mollugo
Hedge garlic Alliaria petiolata
Hoary cress Lepidium Draba
Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
Hop Humulus lupulus
Horse radish Armoracia rusticana
Japanese Knotweed Polygonum Cuspidatum,
Land cress Barbarea Verna
Leek, three cornered Allium triquetrum
Lemon balm Melissa officinalis
Lime tree Tilia X Europaea
Lovage Ligusticum scoticum
Mallow, common Malva sylvestris
Mallow, marsh Althea officinalis
Mallow, musk Malva moschata
Marjoram Oreganum vulgare
Marsh Samphire Salicornia sp
Meadowsweet Filipendula Ulmaria
Milk thistle Silybum marianum
Miner's lettuce Claytonia Perfoliata
Mustard, black Brassica Nigra
Mustard, white Sinapsis Alba
Orache Atriplex hortensis
Oregano Oreganum vulgare
Pellitory-of-the-wall Parietaria officinalis
Plantain, common Plantago major
Plantain, ribwort Plantago lanceolata
Ramsons Allium ursinum
Rape Brassica napus
Red goosefoot Chenopodium Rubrum
Reedmace Typha Latifolia
Rock Samphire Crithmum maritimum
Rosebay willowherb Chamaenerion angustifolium
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
Salad burnet Poterium Sanguisorba
Sea Beet Beta vulgaris
Sea Holly Eryngium Maritimum
Sea Kale Crambe Maritima
Scurvy-grasss, long leaved Cochlearia Anglica
Solomon's seal Polygonatum Multiflorum
Sorrel, common Rumex acetosa
Sorrel, sheep's Rumex acetosella
Sorrel, buckler leaved Rumex scutatus
Sorrel, wood Oxalis acetosella
Spring beauty Montia perfoliata
Sticky willie Galium aparine
Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica
Sweet cicely Myrrhis odorata
Toadflax, ivy-leafed Cymbalaria muralis
Red valerian Centranthus ruber
Watercress Nasturtium officinale
Water mint Mentha aquatica
Water speedwell Veronica anagallis-aquatica
Water speedwell Veronica catenata
Wavy bittercress Cardamine flexuosa
Willowherb, small-flowered Epilobium parviflorum
Wood sorrel Oxalis acetosella
Aegopodium podagraria Ground elder
Alliaria petiolata Garlic mustard, Hedge garlic
Allium schoenoprasum Chives
Allium triquetrum Three cornered leek
Allium ursinum Ramsons
Althea officinalis Mallow, marsh
Angelica Sylvestris Angelica
Anthriscus cerefolium Chervil
Anthriscus sylvestris Cow parsley
Apium nodiflorum Fool's watercress
Armoracia rusticana Horse raddish
Atriplex hortensis Orache
Barbarea Verna Land cress
Beta vulgaris Sea Beet
Borago officinalis Borage
Brassica napus Rape
Brassica Nigra Mustard, black
Brassica oleracea Cabbage
Cardamine amara Bittercress
Cardamine flexuosa Wood bittercress
Cardamine hirsuta Hairy Bittercress
Cardamine pratensis Cuckoo flower
Chamaenerion angustifolium Rosebay willowherb
Chenopodium album Fat Hen
Chenopodium bonus-henricus Good king henry
Chenopodium rubrum Red goosefoot
Chrysosplenium alternifolium Golden Saxifrage
Chrysosplenium oppositifolium Golden Saxifrage
Claytonia Perfoliata Miner's lettuce
Cochlearia Anglica Scurvy-grasss, long leaved
Crambe Maritima Sea Kale
Crithmum maritimum Rock Samphire
Cruciata Laevipes Crosswort
Cymbalaria muralis Toadflax, ivy-leafed
Epilobium hirsutum Great hairy willowherb
Epilobium parviflorum Willowherb, small-flowered
Eryngium Maritimum Sea Holly
Filipendula Ulmaria Meadowsweet
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel
Galium aparine Cleavers, Goosegrass, Sticky willie
Galium mollugo Hedge or Soft bedstraw
Heracleum sphondylium Hogweed
Humulus lupulus Hop
Lepidium Draba Hoary cress
Ligusticum scoticum Lovage
Malva moschata Mallow, musk
Malva sylvestris Common mallow
Melissa officinalis Lemon balm
Mentha aquatica Water mint
Montia perfoliata Spring beauty
Myrrhis odorata Sweet cicely
Nasturtium officinale Watercress
Oreganum vulgare Oregano
Oxalis acetosella Wood sorrel
Parietaria officinalis Pellitory-of-the-wall
Plantago major Plantain, common
Plantago lanceolata Plantain, ribwort
Polygonatum Multiflorum Solomon's seal
Poterium sanguisorba Salad burnet
Polygonum Cuspidatum Japanese Knotweed
Rosmarinus officinalis Rosemary
Rumex acetosa Sorrel, common
Rumex acetosella Sorrel, sheep's
Rumex scutatus Sorrel, french
Salicornia sp Glasswort
Silybum marianum Milk thistle
Sinapsis Alba White mustard
Sinapsis arvensis Charlock
Smyrnium olusatrum Alexanders
Symphytum officinale Comfrey
Stellaria media Chickweed
Typha Latifolia Bulrush, Reedmace, Cat's Tail
Tilia X Europaea Lime tree
Tragopogon pratensis Goat's beard
Tussilago farfara Coltsfoot
Urtica dioica Stinging Nettle
Veronica anagallis-aquatica Water speedwell
Veronica beccabunga Brooklime
Veronica catenata Water speedwell
Centranthus officinalis Red valerian

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