Chicory in Bloom


Chicory Flower

Chicory is a beautiful flower. It grows wild around here and I planted a lot more in my pastures which has reseeded nicely over the years. It comes in many colors and has a very long blooming season from July through October, late into fall past hard frosts.
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The pigs love eating chicory, we can eat it and as a beneficial side effect there is scientific research that shows that chicory reduces or eliminates boar taint in pigs.

It also is one more good flower for all those pollinators. I counted twenty seven different species of pollinators including many species of bees in our pastures. I purposefully plant lots of different types of wild flowers for the bees.

Chicory is one of those flowers that has a significant color profile in the Ultra-Violet part of the spectrum so unfortunately cameras don’t capture the true vibrancy of the flowers.

Outdoors: 83°F/68°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 73°F/72°F

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4 Responses to Chicory in Bloom

  1. Farmerbob1 says:

    I’ve also heard that Chicory goes well with coffee. Never tried it. Don’t know what part of the plant it was, or even where I heard it from.

    • What I’ve read is that the dry roasted root of the chicory plant is a substitute for coffee and very similar. I’ve never tried it as I’m not a coffee drinker. Apparently this was widely used by the settlers. I tend to drink mint tea from the mint that I forage on our land. Cold in the summer, hot in the winter.

  2. Mike Strothotte says:

    There is a legend in Europe about Chicory.
    Many years ago, a warrior went off to war, leaving behind his beautiful, blue-eyed beloved. She waited by the roadside every day for his return. He never did come back. The God’s took pity on her and transformed her into this flower. To this day, she waits in vain. In German, it is called “Wegwarte” OT “Waiting by the wayside”, since Chicory is often found there.

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