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Re: chicory

Auralie, I think these two plants--chicory and queen anne's lace--are pretty much "native" everywhere, although I haven't seen any this far south. But they're all over California and the west. I think the most interesting thing about the chicory, after its sensational color, is the fact that the flowers close about noon. I don't know if the same flowers re-open next day or if new ones take their place. And thanks for the article; it's a keeper.

On Sunday, May 9, 2004, at 08:12 AM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

Pam, this is a major roadside wildflower in the Northeast. I agree that is
gorgeous, and I think a mass of chicory and Queen Anne's Lace, which it grows
with, is a lovely sight. Neither of these are natives, but have been here so
long that they might as well be. This is one of the
native-versus-invasive-alien topics. Yes, they are invasive aliens, but in my mind most welcome ones.
In part it is a question of native as of when - they've been here longer than
many of those making the rulings. I did a piece about them for my club's
newsletter a while back. If I can find it, I'll pass it on. However, I know it is
supposed to like "waste places" and "disturbed ground." It is very hardy and
will self-seed easily, so be sure you want it where it's planted.
And then you could make coffee of it's roasted roots.

In a message dated 05/08/2004 10:45:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
gardenqueen@academicplanet.com writes:

Well, if anyone hasn't grown this stuff - for a not most attractive
the flowers are profuse and gorgeous. As Jesse observed in March, it looks
an overgrown dandelion for the longest. Then it sends up this 5'
bloom stalk and really does make gorgeous blue flowers. I started some from
last year and this is the survivor. Glad now I didn't just yank it as I was
to if it didn't do anything. It would be better in a big bed w/ something
it's so-so looking feet however. Mine will get transplanted out back in

Pam Evans

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