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Rays blue toothed at tip, leaves toothed and partly clasping.
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
23 October 2015: Walked about Willamette Mission State Park in Wheatland, Oregon, and came upon this introduced or invasive wildlfower, Chicory (Cichorium intybus). Chicory is found throughout the United States and Canada and because all the states bordering with Mexico report its presence we assume it is also found in Mexico. Chicory was brought by European colonists to North America who used its roots to substitute for coffee. Chicory also has medicinal properties and has been used accordingly. Additional common names for Chicory in the Unites States include Blue Sailors, Coffeewood, and Succory. Willamette Mission State Park is administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"Cichorium intybus," Turner Photographics, range map, description, links to additional resources, photographs, accessed 11.4.15, http://www.pnwflowers.com/flower/cichorium-intybus
"Cichorium intybus L," Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture, range map, photographs, description, additional resources cited and links provided, accessed 11.4.15, http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CIIN
This is a very late blooming specimen. Very sheltered location with south face and thermal mass behind (stone wall).
In full bloom.
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...