Today's flower is Chicory. You probably know why I picked this one. Because it's blue, that's why!
Chicory,(Cichorium intybus) is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae) and a close relative to dandelions. It is a herbaceous perennial and can be found just about everywhere, in fields, roadsides and ditches. It can be mowed down and survive because it's primary leaves are produced in a whorl, only a couple of inches off the ground. The flower stems can be 2 to 3 feet tall. The flowers open in the morning and close around noon when the temperature rises. Seeds are spread by wind much like dandelion seeds.
This plant was originally native to Europe, especially Southern European countries. It is thought that it was brought to North America in hay that was used to feed cows on their journey. It has now become naturalized here. This plant is not only a great food for cattle, it is also used as a salad green and a cooked vegetable. The roots can be boiled and eaten, but, perhaps the most common use for them is in the making of a coffee substitute. Chicory, historically, has had a wide array of medicinal uses, including everything from a tonic, a diuretic and a laxative.
Hope you have enjoyed this lovely blue flower. Now I am going to hide out in my basement for the day. We are in the middle of a heatwave. The temperature is above 32C and with the humidity it feels more like 40C. And wouldn't you believe it! My airconditioner is not working!!!! The service guy won't be here until tomorrow morning.
Why do things always break down when they are needed most?