Edible Chrysanthemum Varieties
(Chrysanthemum coronarium )
Any type of chrysanthemum flowers can be blanched, then the petals removed and added to your favorite dish. This is easiest with large petaled varieties of mums. Use only the petals, since the flower base is usually very bitter. You can also make wine from chrysanthemum flowers. Traditionally yellow or white blossoms are used.Cautions: Pyrethrum, a plant based insecticide, is made from the dried flowers of Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium or Chrysanthemum coccineum. Although it takes a pretty high concentration of flowers to make pyrethrum, still avoid planting these types of mums in an edible garden.
Edible leaves, strong smell, good for companion planting.