Magickal Plants: Essential Flowers for the Witches Garden
Witches grew gardens by tradition. The witches garden was filled with magickal plants like herbs, vines, veggies, fruits, trees, and flowers. Flowers bring beauty and purpose to a garden. And what is a garden without flowers?Gardening is about knowing the land: the weather, the soil, the eco-system, the wildlife, etc. What native plants grow nearby? Can you plant these in your garden? What do the neighbors grow successfully? Take a look around and see what magickal plants, flowers particularly, will grow best in your garden. Flowers that support wildlife, are beautiful, and also serve as magical ingredients are essential. Here are my suggestions for the best flowers to have in the witches garden. Grow one, some, or all!
This choice shouldn’t be surprising. Everyone loves getting roses on special occasions, why not grow roses in your garden? There are dozens of kinds of roses for various land and weather conditions. Go to local nurseries and ask what type of roses grow best. Choose different colors – red, orange, white, pink, dark red, or yellow. Roses aren’t just pretty, they serve a purpose. Harvest the rosehips for teas, herbal baths, cordials, desserts, and more. Harvest the rose petals and buds for decorative baking, potpourri, love spells, etc. The thorns are protective – carefully remove them from the stem and add them to witch’s bottles, jars, and talismans.
Foxglove flowers are grown in old cottage gardens. They also grow in the wild. Traditionally, foxglove is a fairy flower and invites the fay to play! Foxglove comes in different colors, the most popular being purple, pink, and white. Keep in mind, never ingest foxglove. It is poisonous in certain quantities. Foxglove is known in the medical field for its digitalis properties – it is used to make a heart medication called digoxin. Keep pets and small children away from foxglove. Foxglove as a magickal plants is used in fairy rituals and raising the dead. Do not ingest or rub on skin. Do not burn.
Moonflower is a perennial vine in the Southern regions of the United States. If grown elsewhere, it is an annual. Let it climb a trellis or fence. Moonflower blooms at night in the moonlight, giving it its name. The moonflowers are fragrant and attract sphinx and hummingbird moths. Their blooms are white and the leaves dark green. The blooms will close at dawn, so harvest them before morning. The witches garden welcomes pollinators, and the moonflower is perfect for feeding moths. One of the essential magickal plants in a witches garden for the following reasons: induces psychic abilities, shapeshifting, occult mysteries, transformation, and aids esbat rituals.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, grow sunflower in the witches garden. Grow it right next to the moonflower. This way you’ll have flowers representing the moon and sun – a witch’s best friends. Plant sunflower seeds in the spring and watch them bloom late summer to early fall. Harvest sunflower petals for potpourris, mojo bags, herbal offerings, herbal soaps, candles, and more. Harvest the seeds for roasting and eating! Or let this magickal plant go to seed and re-seed itself to grow again next year. The sunflower seeds make great food for the birds and critters. Bees and butterflies love sunflowers, too.
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5. Passion flower
Grown as a perennial vine in the Southern U.S. and tropical regions, passion flower is an otherworldly, magickal plant. The flowers attract bumblebees. The passionflower is a host plant for the gulf fritillary and zebra longwing butterflies. These gorgeous butterflies lay their eggs on the plant and the caterpillars eat the plant. The witches garden supports wildlife, so the passion flower is worthy for the witches garden. Passion flower is also known for its medicinal and edible qualities. The fruits are edible, the leaves and flowers are medicinal. The passion flower is a climbing vine, so give it something to crawl up!
Hollyhocks are stalk-flowers in the mallow or hibiscus family. They are typically grown in old cottage gardens alongside foxgloves. Hollyhocks come in all different colors (my favorite is the black hollyhock). They are perennial in hot climates, annual in cooler climates. They will re-seed at the end of the season, however. Grow hollyhocks somewhere where they can grow tall – they can grow up to seven feet in height! Hollyhocks are a host plant for the painted lady butterfly and attract other pollinators to the witches garden.
Pentas, also called Egyptian star-clusters, are annual flowers in the north and perennial in the south. They don’t handle frost well, but grow well in subtropical climates. These tiny flowers grow on bushy green stems and feed pollinators of all kinds! I’ve seen butterflies, honeybees, moths, and more feeding from the blooms. Pentas come in red, pink, white, and purple shades. In hot climates, they grow best in part shade. In cooler climates, they need more sun. They are a beautiful and hardy magickal plant. Harvest the buds for spell ingredients or simply enjoy their dainty colors lighting up your witches garden. Penta’s magical properties include: Egyptian magick, star magick, beauty, love and steadfastness.
This should be another dead giveaway. Lavender is an essential flower for the witches garden for many reasons. It is an edible and aromatic herb. Use the buds in soaps, candles, oils, incense, dream sachets, beauty products, baths, etc. Magical uses for lavender include: love, relaxation, self-care, lust, and healing. Lavender has been used for centuries as perfume on the body and clothing. Stuff a bag of lavender in your pillowcase to ensure soothing sleep and good dreams. Lavender is also edible in baked goods and teas. I’ve found lavender grows best in part shade (I live in a hot climate) and when it gets watered 2 to 3 times a week.
Jasmine is a flowering perennial vine that grows well in tropical climates but can be grown elsewhere. The buds are small and white but produce such an aroma, the neighbors down the street will smell it on breezy days! Add jasmine flowers to floor washes and sweeps, herbal teas, incense, potpourri, herbal baths, poppets and more. Jasmine will climb a trellis, arch, or fence so put it somewhere it can grow upwards. Jasmine’s magical properties include: love, passion, healing, prophecy, and clarity. You want this magickal plant in your garden.
Hibiscus is a perennial flower in the mallow family. It is well known for its bright colors and long stamen. Hibiscus grows well in full sun and is found naturally in tropical regions. Harvest roselle for herbal tea – it adds a strong fruity flavor and induces lust. The effects of red hibiscus tea were so strong, Egyptians warned women from drinking it lest they lose their inhibitions. Hibiscus magical properties include: lust, passion, beauty, marriage, dreams and divination. Hibiscus is used in Hindu and Hawaiian traditions and has been for centuries. Bring a tropical vibe to your witches garden with hibiscus.