A good number of plants flowering along the Pohangina Road near the Raumai Bridge and just outside Ashhurst.
A couple of plants growing beside the stream at the Rangatuhi Crescent entrance to the Porirua Scenic reserve. First noted back on 14th Dec 2105 but it was not in flower. A very tall plant (around 2m) that does not seem to fit the overall description for C. intybus
This is a rare plant in the wild in this area. On my bike ride this morning from Cashmere to Lincoln via Halswell and Old Tai Tapu Road, I only saw this plant along Old Tai Tapu Road and a scattering of plants in one field along Perymans Road.
elevation 8200 ft.
The scientific name of the plant is Cichorium intybus. The petals of the flower appear to be similar to the common hawkweed. The petals are thin ribbon like and have jagged edges also. When looked closely it has some fuzzy aspects on the petals. There doesn't seem to be a stigma in the plants. I think the middle of the plants consists of anthers. Which makes it a male flower.
Common chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Various varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It is also grown as a forage crop for livestock. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where...