Sunday, August 8, 2010

Beautiful Weed

When I first moved to this area and saw this flower growing wild along the highway, I fell in love with the beautiful color.
I was very surprised to find it was Chicory especially since I'd heard of its use as a coffee substitute.

Here is Wickipedia's info on it:
Common chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a bushy perennial herbaceous plant with blue, lavender, or occasionally white flowers. Various varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It is also grown as a forage crop for livestock. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where it has become naturalized.

"Chicory" is also the common name in the US (and in French) for curly endive (Cichorium endivia); these two closely related species are often confused

It is so pretty I don't know why someone hasn't hybridized it to make an addition to the flower garden although it does look similar to a Batchelor Button.                                            I picked a bouquet and put it in a vase but apparently it doesn't like being picked because within just a few hours it was completely dead.

It can grow quite tall, up to waist height but if you mow it as they did along the highway, it will bloom at a few inches.   It's definitely one of my favorite weeds.


  1. The color is nice, I have used it in with other flowers to beef up a photo.It is easy to get growing, saw a parking covered with itin someones yard.

  2. Oh the beauty of weeds.The color of this one is very delicate.

  3. Such a pretty flower. I don't think I have seen one. Will have to look it up to see if it will grow in my zone.
    I am really enjoying your series on Weeds!

  4. Your site is very entertaining. I must admit I'm jealous of your artistic ability, mostly because you are very talented. Your site is the Featured Site of the Week at Nature Center Magazine.

  5. Thank you Emma, I feel privileged you have a great magazine which I enjoy very much.

  6. I just want to let you know you have a great blog. Great photos... as well. :)

  7. I love these plants because they have so many uses. From coffee to medicine, and they are indeed beautiful to look at.

  8. They are pretty.
    Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog also. Love to see new people coming by.

  9. This is the first time I have ever seen Chicory (I did not even know it was used in coffee!).

    It is a very beautiful weed; its color is soft yet vibrant; however, what I like most of all is its shape/structure.

    Thanks for sharing.


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