C is for Chicory

Usually we feature plants and animals that we’re seeing right now in nature, but after six years of participating in the Blogging A to Z Challenge, we decided to branch out from only spring plants.

Common Chicory is an often over-looked roadside wildflower in the aster family that blooms the summer. It was brought to North America from Europe and was planted for livestock. It has many uses, perhaps the most popular for you humans was baking the roots for coffee.

The flowers can be blue, and sometimes white or pink, and usually open only in the morning.

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