Butterfly Bush Jelly?

jhawesJanuary 2, 2014

I have made rose jelly for several seasons now and am interested in making other floral jellies. I love butterfly bushes. To me they smell like some kind of candy. I don't know if they are poisonous or not. I can't find anywhere that says they are. I know lilacs can be used for jelly, so I figure why not butterfly bush. I am wondering if anyone has ever made butterfly bush jelly and if so I'd be interested in what your results were. Thanks.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Asclepias tuberosa L. (butterfly weed) is considered poisonous in that it has potential toxic cardiac glycoside and resinoid effects dependent on the amount consumed. All depends on if the risk is worth it to you.

Google pulls them up on several poisonous plant lists if you search by botanical name.

Dave

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 8:39PM
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jhawes

I am familiar with butterfly weed, it is poisonous. It's a shorter orange perennial that often grows wild in meadows. I am talking about Buddleia Davidii (butterfly bush). It's more of a bush with white, pink, or purple plume shaped blossoms, similar to lilacs. Thanks though.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 8:50PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

PFAF is usually pretty good at telling you if a plant is, or ever has been, used for food. It seems that Buddleja has not. On the other hand it is not listed as poisonous either.

Using botanical names is useful to avoid confusion when seeking information about a plant, especially since common names are not the same everywhere.

Here is a link that might be useful: Buddleja info.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 5:26AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Buddleia Davidii is listed as "assumed safe" but "ingestion as teas, herbs, or medicines" is not recommended on U of CA Safe and Poisonous Plants website.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: U of CA Safe and Poisonous Plants

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 10:31AM
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