Chicory

Chicory [Cichorium intybus] found near the Silver Leaf Diner, off US Route 11 in DeKalb Junction, New York on 21 June 2013 and near Fletcher Park on 18 June 2016. It’s a member of the Aster (Asteraceae) family. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 382-383, says that it blooms in summer and fall, and found on roadsides, in fields and waste places.

Weeds of Canada, Clarence Frankton, Publication 948, 1956 Edition, page 172 states:

Roots of this plant when dried, roasted, and ground, supply the chicory of commerce used as a substitute for coffee, or as an adulterant.  A small percentage of chicory in coffee is preferred by many and there is evidence that chicory helps retain the aromatic constituents of coffee.

USDA Plants Listing: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CIIN

Chicory near the Silver Leaf Diner - 21 June 2013

Chicory near the Silver Leaf Diner – 21 June 2013

Chicory (multiple) - 21 June 2013

Chicory (multiple) – 21 June 2013

Chicory near Fletcher Park- 18 Jun 2016

Chicory near Fletcher Park- 18 Jun 2016