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This week’s Wilderness Wednesday is brought to you by Little Guy (who resents being called “little” so I need to come up with a better code name – any suggestions?)

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Common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a woody, perennial related to the dandelion family, and is found in many parts of the world. Other common names include succory, chicory root, chicory herb, blue sailors, wild chicory, or hendibeh. It is well known for a bitter taste and use as a coffee substitute. For its historical and medicinal qualities, click here.

I had no idea that this  little blue flower, found all over the countryside, was chicory. My grandmother used to call it an “ugly weed”, but as a kid (forbidden to pick flowers from the garden), they were perfect for weaving into my braids.

“There’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” – Led Zeppelin

Happy Wednesday!

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