Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chicory Time

It's the time of year when blue weedy flowers start popping up along Harrison Street. My interest in wildflowers was first piqued by what grew along roadsides in the midwest--salsify, bouncing bet, wooly mullen, dame's rocket, teasel--nearly all of them non-native. Each had nice details in the flowers when I'd stop to take a look. This one's chicory, whose root was widely used during the Civil War as a coffee substitute.

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