This month I’ve noticed a lot of blue wild flowers along the side of the highways and country roads. Today I went for a walk and found them along the edge of the gravel trail. The common name of these beautiful blue flowers is Chircory and the botanical name is Cichorium intybus. This is a non-native plant that has naturalized across the country. It is a perennial that flowers from June to October.
I brought some of these flowers with me to work to share with participants in my Horticultural Therapy Program. Some people recognized it and told me that it is an ingredient in a product called Camp Coffee. When the roots are dried, roasted and ground they produce a coffee flavour without the caffeine. Participants told me that this was a popular plant to use as a coffee substitute during the war when coffee was in limited supply.
Look for these flowers next time your out for a walk!