I know it’s neither rare nor exotic, but Chicory is among the prettiest plants I know. Many are more showy, striking, and flamboyant. Others are more colorful, loud, and ostentacious. I admire Chicory for its understated beauty. Joanna has observed that shades of purple and violet are common among the wildflowers, while blues, in contrast, are decidedly rare. Chicory is blue, not purple, and surely not indigo. It is among the prettiest plants I know.


24 thoughts on “Enamored

  1. This is a glorious photo. You mentioned up above that you thought “the 105” was a good choice. What lens is that? Is it a dedicated macro lens, or something else?

    • Yup … Joanna was disappointed that I didn’t point that out. She wanted more of an emphasis on the natural history of Chicory … whereas I was only interested in its beauty. D

  2. Lovely clear capture of this delightful blue flower…….what is its Latin name….just for the record 🙂
    As others have said we certainly don’t call it chicory here…but I agree with you about the delight of true blue flowers

    • Cichorium intybus. It has become clear, from a number of comments, that the same common name can apply to several different species while, at the same time the same species can have several common names. And then widely separated geography adds yet another variable into the mix. In any case, one cannot deny that this is a very pretty plant … whatever its name, latin or otherwise. A pretty face is a pretty face … that’s all that really matters. D

  3. Great image. I always like the way you place the objects off center … perfect asymmetry! As for chicory, I had to Google that as in German the vegetable has a similar name, endive. Only after reading the text I wondered why it was that you marveled at the beauty of lettuce 😉 The blue flowers found in the wild have a completely different name in German that loosely translates to something like “look-out (tower) along the way”. So are those edible as well?

    • Ha! You gave me a good laugh … wondering why I might marvel at lettuce! Also … I loved the common name for your blue wildflower! German is such a descriptive language! I think I’ve said before that it has always been the language of Zoology and that I should have learned it long ago. Now, it is simply a language I really enjoy hearing spoken (mostly on broadcasts of Chancellor Andrea Merkel speaking at press conferences). D

  4. Hmm, I’m really confused here. We eat Chicory in Europe – as a salad leaf which tastes quite bitter. I have no idea what it looks like growing but your photo here looks like what we’d call Cornflower.

    • Yes … Joanna, a trained botanist, says that common names should be done away with altogether and that everyone should use the Latin all the time. The same common name may be used for different species, while at the same time different names may often be used for the same thing in different geographic locations! It is quite likely that your Cornflower is my Chicory (I have seen Cornflower listed as a synonym) but, at the same time, the Chicory that you are eating on your salad may be something quite different from mine! Argh! Thanks for checking in today Jenny. D

    • We are in agreement concerning this one … I liked it too! Also, I appreciate the way in which you view the expectation-free ride through 21st-century-techologies that folks like you and I are entitled to. CHARGE .. full-speed-ahead! D

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