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Chicory

Chicory Blue Wildflower - Chicory is known for its electric blue flowers, creating a spectacular summer show along roadsides, ditches and fields.

Chicory is known for its electric blue flowers, creating a spectacular summer show along roadsides, ditches and fields.

It is not a native wildflower to the United States and has the potential to become invasive in areas, but under managed care it is popular for deer plots and food cultivation.

Chicory Description

FAMILY: Asteraceae

FLOWERS: Generally this plant has bright blue flowers but may have pink or white flowers.

BLOOM TIME: July through October

PLANT HEIGHT: Grows 10 to 40 inches tall.

GROWING CONDITIONS: This periennial plant will thrive just about anywhere. Found along roadsides, in meadows, along creeks, in yards, the plant is not picky with its soil nor sunlight.

Chicory

Chicory Coffee Anyone?

Chicory (Cichorium Intybus) is cultivated for its root which is dried, baked, roasted and pulverized and then added to coffee or even brewed as chicory coffee which is popular in the Southern United States and Europe.
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All About Chicory

Leaves Are Edible

The leaves of chicory are suppose to be edible and added to salads – for me, I found them extremely bitter the first go around. Blanching them is most certainly the secret.

1.) Harvest them when they are young and tender.
2.) Blanch them before adding them to salads or they have a bitter taste.

Field of Chicory

Grow Your Own

If you wish to grow your own chicory in your garden for use in salads the plant is super easy to grow.

1.) Grows in almost any soil in heavy to filtered sunlight.
2.) Sow seeds in May 1 inch deep and 12 inches apart.
3.) Water as the soil dries out.
4.) Harvest young, tender leaves.
5.) Blanch the leaves before adding them to salads.

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ADDITIONAL WILDFLOWERS & INVASIVES TO EXPLORE:

Jack in the Pulpit Mayapple
Eastern Columbine Burdock
Dune Thistle Forget Me Not
Downy Yellow Violet
Early MeadowRue Downy Yellow Violet
Purple Gaywing Wildflower Trout Lily Wildflower
Purple Gaywing Trout Lily
Cardinal Flower Crocus
Yellowbell Wildflower
Bittersweet Nightshade Yellow Bell
Dwarf Lake Iris Spiderwort Wildflower
Dwarf Lake Iris Spiderwort

 

INVASIVES, WEEDS & GARDEN ESCAPES:

Yellow Flag Iris Snowdrop
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You can find additional wildflowers, weeds and invasives under the photo galleries

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