(Plate CLXIV)

Family

Chicory,

Colour

Blue, white, or pink.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Mostly east.

Time of Bloom

Summer and autumn.

Flower-heads: showy; arranged along the stem, and composed entirely of strap-shaped flowers. Leaves: entire; lanceolate; pointed and clasping, the floral ones bract-like and small. Stem: upright, branching.

" And spreading succory chokes the rising field."

Virgil.

The name cichorium is of Arabic origin, which would rather suggest that this little plant has travelled far and seen a wealth of places. We know that Horace had it frequently upon his menu, and that in Egypt it is used as an article of food. From the leaves the French make a most delicious salad. No doubt it has a taste for serving all nations, and so has unceremoniously crossed the ocean and is bent on keeping its blue eye upon the new world. Happily it has had the good manners to bring with it a bright, attractive appearance, or those detractors of weeds might feel a little miffed at the cool way in which it has taken possession of our highways. As yet it has not travelled very far southward.

Its deep dandelion-like roots have been used to adulterate coffee. Their disagreeable flavour, however, is at once perceptible.