Flowers to Plant Now for Great Tea Later

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What’s better than a beautiful garden in the spring and summer? A garden full of plants that you can actually use. Vegetables are great for this, but don’t necessarily always qualify as flowering plants. In particular, flowers and herbal plants are wonderful for making tea. There are several varieties of flowers you can start in a pot or sow outside right now for wonderful tea in just a few short months.

You can combine several varieties to suit your needs. If you already have herbs growing, they make wonderful additions to your brew.

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Anise Hyssop

This flowering plant is also known as licorice mint. That being said, if you don’t like a licorice flavor, this might not be for you. It’s a hearty plant whose stalks reach three to four feet high and have a purple-blue flower. Hyssop plants make great border plants as well as a good addition to an herb garden. They are a perennial hardy for zones 4 to 9. It may be good for blood sugar control, blood cell benefits and respiratory health. 

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German Chamomile

This flowering plant offers both a beautiful array of miniature white and yellow flowers as well as an apple-like flavor to tea. German Chamomile in particular grows higher and reseeds annually, whereas the other varieties (called Russian, Roman or English Chamomile) are more of a mat cover. Both types grow in zones 3 to 9. Chamomile grows best in the shade and in dry soil. Chamomile tea can help calm an upset stomach and is great as a sleep aid.

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Tea Roses

There is such a wonderful variety of roses you can use for tea that this is a highly personalized endeavor. Once you choose the variety you want to grow, there are a few important things to note if you choose to use the rose hips or petals for tea. You will want to clip the bitter white bases from the petals and thoroughly rinse them. The flavor is a subtle nod to the unmistakeable scent of roses. Rose tea gives you a boost of vitamin C and antioxidants.

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Passionflower

Although passionflowers aren’t easy overwinter, they can survive in zones 7-10. They can survive winter if you take the proper precautions, like adequate shelter and lessening the amount of fertilizers. These beautiful and fragrant flowers grow on a vine, so a trellis or other structure is optimal for planting. Passionflower tea is good for relaxation and is known to have soporific effects. 

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Echinacea

These purple coneflowers are a common sight in the Eastern United States. The native plant’s buds can be used in your tea as well. They grow best in full sun and soil that is not too nutrient rich. If you want to save seeds for next year’s crop, you will have to make sure that the birds don’t beat you to them. Echinacea can also be grown from root division. You won’t have to water them additionally if rainfall is normal. The tea is good for fighting infections like the common cold and chronic conditions like migraines.

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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle produces a purple, spiky flower. It’s actually considered to be invasive by many, so if you want to plant it you should proceed with caution. It’s often considered a weed, but this means it will grow in virtually all types of soil. You can harvest the purple heads and dry them for tea. It is safe for humans but toxic to livestock. The tea can be good for liver problems. 

These are just a few varieties of flowers that cover an array of benefits when added to tea. If you already have a garden started, why not check on the medicinal properties of the plants you have? There are powerful combinations to suit many ailments. It’s like having a beautiful, blooming pharmacy in your own backyard.

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Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ
Sonia M1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Hent catalina - maria

thanks

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Stephanie B.
Stephanie B3 years ago

Thank you, lemon balm is also good although can takeover/spreads easily.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Lei N.
Past Member 3 years ago

If you have blackcurrant bushes I tell you what to do: At springtime you see the old branches...when there are little buds of leaves...narrow and smells blackcurrant. At that time I cut all the old branches away and sit down on the earth and take all the buds off and put them into my oven 50 C degrees to dry. That is the best tea ever I have got. When the leaves are bigger there is no power in them any more.

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Muff-Anne York-Haley

I have so much tea that I don't need to grow any;)

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

thanks

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christianne chowning
christianne c3 years ago

Just watch out serving people the rose tea. I thought my sister would love it, but she spit it out and said it tasted like soap.

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Scott Simon
Scott S3 years ago

Thanks!

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Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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