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Chicory flower


Chicory flower

This single plant, from a wildflower seed packet has been flowering for months. It is quite tall...about 4 feet high and the stems from top to bottom are budded with these starry blue flowers which emerge on sunny days intermittently scattered along the stems. Hopefully it will set its own seed as I'd love to have more! This is the kind of Chicory that can be used as a coffee substitute.



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I am so jealous as I have tried to grow this several times and never had a single plant. There are a few on a sunny bank outside a house in a nearby village. I have been very good and resisted the temptation to pinch one. I liked it for the flower but also the fact that it did not appear to be in the slightest bit invasive.

12 Sep, 2018

 

Well Sheila...I scattered a whole pack of seed and only got one plant, so it must be a tricky one. Its very light soil and very dry where it's growing.

12 Sep, 2018

 

I might try another packet but in a pot in a free draining soil to see if that works.

12 Sep, 2018

 

Yeah...worth a try. I’ll be interested to see if I get more next year.

12 Sep, 2018

 

Karen, Chicory is a wild flower over here commonly seen in the meadows & vacant fields. Important for wildlife & it's entirely edible. Love the striking blue flowers.

13 Sep, 2018

 

Yes, its beautiful. Speaking of American wildflowers, I was watching a programme last night about the conquest of the West, and it was lovely to see the wild penstemons growing in the mountains...Rockies mostly. The USA has so many wildflowers compared to The UK.

13 Sep, 2018

 

isn't that a pretty plant I really must try to grow it...

13 Sep, 2018

 

The plant otself is very wild and weedy-looking. It is tall and all the stems go upright...like a perovskia. There isnt any real foliage interest, just flowers all the way up the stems. So not a very garden-worthy plant unless you have a meadow area. Or wildflower patch.

13 Sep, 2018

 

I saw that programme Karen and was delighted to see the Penstemons as I planted a lot of seeds this year. Some have got quite a lot of foliage and hopefully strong roots but only one flowered well for me.

13 Sep, 2018

 

Hmm...my penstemons havent done very well at all this year. Plenty of foliage, hardly any flowers. I wonder if I cut them back too late.

13 Sep, 2018

 

So beautiful, used to have them growing in the Spanish garden Karen.

13 Sep, 2018



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