Sunday, October 12, 2008

Today's Flowers


This is Chicory.
It's everywhere around here, growing along the roadsides and in the fields,
and most people just consider it a weed.
However, it's actually an herb.
The leaves and roots of Chicory can be baked and ground and used
as a coffee substitute or additive.
Also, with some forms of Chicory,
the leaves can be eaten raw in salads.

The Chicory flowers can be blue, lavender, and white.
I think it's really neat,
because I often see one plant with different colors of the flowers on it.

Some call it a weed,
I call it beautiful.

(c) Misty DawnS
(c) Misty DawnS
(c) Misty DawnS

As you can see, apparently I'm not the only one who likes Chicory. ;-)
(c) Misty DawnS
(c) Misty DawnS
I prefer walking through nature and having my breath taken away by the beauty that surrounds me and the creatures which allow me to enjoy their world.

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22 comments:

ilanadavita

Very pretty shots, all of them.

Carletta

I'm transcending from critters to flowers and you're just continuing to combine them! :)
I see this little flower everywhere and didn't know it's name.
Beautiful images!

Gill - That British Woman

I never knew that was what a chicory plant looked like, beautiful photos.

Gill in Canada

mirage2g

Those are one of the most beautiful weeds, I see them by the roadside too and cant help but get close and take photos of em! lovely blues, great macro with free bugs too! =D

My flowers are here. Have a nice week!

Neal

Those are really beautiful. The top picture looks like a painting.

Krisu

So sweet and delicate flowers indeed!

antigoni

Beautiful pictures.

ellen b

Just beautiful. I love that delicate shade of blue kind of on the edge of lavender...

dot

What a pretty little flower! I think weeds are sometimes better looking than flowers that are fussed over.

Arija

Have you noticed wether the colour change is due to pollination? Witloff is the salad item it is the growth bud of Chicoria grown in the dark, and quite expensive at greengrocers.

fishing guy

Misty: A neat post of a flower that is prolific right now in NE Ohio. I didn't know it was of any use.

CrazyCath

You are so right! Great post - as always - and fabulous photos too. I did a weed last week, but it is not as beautiful as chicory.

Yen

Very beautiful photos! Nice shots as usual! Mine is posted HERE. Happy TF~

dulce

I didin't know Chicory had so beautiful flowers.
Thank you for sharing.

Paz

I call it beautiful, too. ;-)

Paz

Your EG Tour Guide

Chicory is only a weed if it's growing where someone doesn't want it. Otherwise it's a wildflower. ;-)

Denise BC

Hi,
wonderful, it is a weed is the princess of weeds, great contribution, thank you for sharing so much beauty.
hugs, Denise & Santilli

lisaschaos

Beautiful! I didn't know that so now I will be keeping my eyes open for Chicory. :) And you might see me grazing along the road. :)

Deborah

The blue is gorgeous. Lovely shots. :)

Denise

Thanks for a very informative post. I too never knew what the chicory plant looked like or that it had such magnificent blooms. Wonderful photos and a great post.

2sweetnsaxy

Such great shots of this pretty little flower. And thanks for that little bit of info on chickory. Who knew!? :-)

laura

Others litter is others treasure... I think also it is beautiful!

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