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Chicory in a SFG

Post  Josh on 5/23/2012, 9:54 pm

Two years ago I dug up a chicory plant from the side of the road and planted it in one of our SFGs.

Chicory is a wildflower in Illinois, and is seen growing along side the roads, it usually gets up to 3 feet tall, but look at it in my SFG, it is nearly as tall as I am and I'm 5 foot 5.
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Some people think it's just a weed, but it is a herb, and the flowers and leaves are used to make dye, and the root can be used to make coffee. Back during the depression Chicory roots were used to make coffee because of the shortage of coffee.
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The leaves of chicory makes a blue dye and the blue flowers make a yellow dye.


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Post  camprn on 5/24/2012, 5:58 am

You have some happy plants there! I like chicory... such a lovely blue and the bees like it because when it is blooming, not much else is.

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Post  Goosegirl on 5/24/2012, 6:47 am

I love chicory! Such cheery little blossoms all over the plant. It grew wild where I came from in CA, and in the midst of all the blue bushes every once in a while a white one would appear. Love their little squared off flower petals with the toothed edges. flower

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Post  acara on 5/24/2012, 10:35 am

Kinda funny .... Chicory used to be a cheap substitute for coffee & importers used it to unfairly raise their profits/margins.

Now it's used as a gormet additive to some of the most popular coffee on the market today (i.e Cafe Du Monde, etc).

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Post  walshevak on 5/24/2012, 6:40 pm

I remember my mom complaining about Luzianne Coffee back in the late 40's. She didn't like the chicory taste.

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