Chicory in Winter

by Carl Strang

Chicory is a common Eurasian plant that grows in open areas with some disturbance. Its blue flowers are easily recognized in summer.

The heads, composed of many disk and ray florets, demonstrate chicory’s membership in the composite family.

The heads, composed of many disk and ray florets, demonstrate chicory’s membership in the composite family.

Chicory stems are strong enough to stand up to winter snows.

Here is a cluster of chicory, illustrating the branching pattern.

Here is a cluster of chicory, illustrating the branching pattern.

Up close, the persistent receptacles have an uneven, untidy look.

They remind me of a series of ineptly tied and fraying knots.

They remind me of a series of ineptly tied and fraying knots.

Like us, chicory is standing up through this long winter, and will bloom again when the weather warms.

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