Missouri Wildflower Guide


The pink-blossomed wild mint, hot and pungent as the breath of an oriental harem, and the chicory, odorless blue, paint with patches of opposing color the sparsely treed hillside, whose thin grass, especially around the old and blackened stumps, is hot with the sunlight and the oily-smelling pennyroyal. The September heaven is a vast, a fleckless chicory blossom; a deep and cloudless azure.

 

From "Nature-Notes and Impressions" by Madison Cawein

 

 

 

Chicory

Very common along Missouri roadsides and in fields, Chicory blooms for a long time, beginning in May. It has a unique light blue color, difficult to describe.

 

The plants are stiff and straggly, with flowers produced on many angular branches. Each flower petal has a squared-off tip with a fringe of five tiny notches. While the flowers are pretty, Chicory is not an especially attractive plant, but the cloud of blue produced by large masses in bloom is appealing.

  • Bloom Time

    May-Oct

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    To 3 feet

     

  • Longevity

    Perennial