I was driving into work this morning and I spotted a very familiar herb growing wild and wide on the side of the road - a burgeoning chicory bush
Chicory is an edible plant. In fact, it has been used as a coffee substitute for decades. I think the flower is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Before moving to St. Louis, I can't recall ever seeing such a plant before down south; but it obviously does. Louisiana residents famously drink chicory coffee.
Chicory can grow anywhere. It is a hardy plant and very tolerant of poor soils. These pictures are from my time in St. Louis. This patch of Chicory flowers were growing out of asphalt from an old parking lot of a closed down factory in North St. Louis.
I wouldn't make coffee out of these plants, but I do enjoy this flower. It's nice to know it volunteers itself so readily to places where few other beautiful flowers grow.
Have you seen any chicory around your neighborhood?
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