Common chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant of the dandelion family usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Many 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 now common in North America, China, and Australia where it has become widely naturalised. "Chicory" is also the common name in the United States for curly endive (Cichorium endivia); these two closely related species are often confused.
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Wow i love blue flowers, because we have only a few of them here.ReplyDelete
I think this is the first time I've seen the blue bloom. So pretty. Thanks for playing today.
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Wonderful, beautiful blue!ReplyDelete
They are pretty, lovely image. Happy Monday, enjoy your week ahead!ReplyDelete
Lovely blue flowers. If you like you can link it up on this weeks "Through my Lens" Link is below.ReplyDelete
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Happy and delicate would love to have these blue flowers in my garden!ReplyDelete
Beautiful blue !ReplyDelete
what a beautiful color!ReplyDelete
I love seeing chickory growing on the roadsides! What a gorgeous photo!ReplyDelete
It is certainly a lovely little flower.ReplyDelete
Chicory flowers are my favorite shade of blue!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful blue flowers, so vibrant.ReplyDelete