Wordless Wednesday – A Sky Blue Chicory Trail


Wild chicory, Cichorium Intybus


Chicory growing either side of a hillside footpath through the cornfields in Harlton, Cambridgeshire


Chicory is cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched heads), or roots (var. sativum – baked, ground and used as a coffee substitute or food additive), but as an arable weed, in flower, they are a stunning sight!


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16 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – A Sky Blue Chicory Trail

  1. shoreacres says:

    Every now and then I’ll pick up some coffee with chicory. It’s a staple in Louisiana, and it’s quite good. I’ve read, too, of a growing movement to grow wildflowers in strips within farm fields, as a way of providing pollination for crops as well as sustenance for the bees and other pollinators. Besides, as you say — it’s quite pretty!

    • I don’t think I’ve ever had coffee with chicory, although I am aware of it. My husband would surely sneer 🤣. Yes, I think the farmer did exactly that with the chicory, but he had a good eye for the setting too!

  2. Flighty says:

    Really lovely flowers which I’ve grown in the past, and must do again. xx

  3. I was just reading about chicory in a gardening book from another time. COOL

  4. Cathy says:

    Wow, so many! They grow at the roadside here too, but I have never seen so many. Wonderful!

  5. Cathy says:

    How common are these, do you think, Allison? I don’t think I have seen them, and we have arable fields on the doorstep here

    • They like our chalky soil hills here for sure. Naturally, they are usually more thinly dispersed, but I am guessing that the display is deliberate. It is stunning nevertheless.

  6. Cathy says:

    Perhaps they prefer certain soils?

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