Edible flowering vine plants are a beautiful way to grow food vertically, while covering areas such as arbors, walls, fences, trellises, mailboxes, posts, and so on. They can also make good ground covers.
Here is a listing of some of the various flowering vine plants with edible parts. I will add to this list as I find more plants!
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Not all the plants on this list have edible flowers; make sure you take note of which parts of each of these flowering vine plants you can eat before you buy or eat them, as eating the wrong parts of some of these plants can make you very sick.
Brambles (raspberry, blackberry, etc) -- Edible leaves and berries. Has small white flowers in spring.
Butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea) -- The flowers and young pods are edible.
Cassabanana (Sicana odorifera) -- Has large white or yellow flowers with very large fruit.
The fruit is edible, but I don't know whether the flowers are.
Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata) -- The fruit, young shoots, and leaves are edible.
The flowers smell like chocolate (hence the name), but are not edible.
This plant can become invasive.
Honeysuckle vine (Lonicera japonica) -- The nectar from these flowers is edible. Make
sure you positively identify this plant before eating, as there are lookalikes which
Hop vine (Humulus lupulus) -- The flowers are used to flavor beer
Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus) -- Leaves, flowers, root, and beans are edible (the beans must be cooked first; the raw bean is poisonous)
Jasmine vine (Jasminium sambac, J. officinale) -- Flowers are used to scent tea.
The fruit is not edible, and other flowering vine plants called "jasmine" are not edible.
Kiwifruit (Actinidia species) -- The fruit is quite good!
I don't know whether you can eat the flowers, but as this plant is so difficult to pollinate that I would
recommend not eating them unless you're being overwhelmed with
Nasturtiums -- Flowers, leaves, pods, and seeds are edible and make a nice pepper substitute.
Passionflower vine, also called granadilla, maracuja, or maypop (Passiflora species) -- Flowers and fruit are edible. Some species can become invasive.
Pea vine (Pisum sativum) -- Flowers, pods, peas, leaves, young stems edible. The plant called "sweet pea" is toxic.
Pumpkin -- Large yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. Flowers, fruit, seeds, and young leaves/stems are edible.
Rose -- Wide variety of flower colors. Petals and fruit (rose hips) edible.
Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus) -- Brilliant red flowering vine. Pods and beans are edible.
Squash -- Large yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. Flowers, fruit, seeds, and young leaves/stems are edible.
Strawberries -- Flowering ground cover. White flowers, red edible berries. Leaves are also edible.
Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) -- Flowering ground cover. This has trumpet-shaped white and purple flowers. The leaves and tubers are good when cooked.
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) -- Small yellow flowers. Only the fruit is edible. This plant is related to the deadly nightshade; all the rest of the plant is toxic.
Wisteria vine (Wisteria species) -- Only the flowers are edible, raw or cooked (also used in wine in the southeastern US); raw seeds, pods, leaves, and stems are highly toxic and can kill small children. This vine can be invasive.
I hope this list helps you when choosing edible flowering vine plants for your landscaping. Did I leave your favorite off the list? Contact me.
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