Found four of these plants growing inches apart from one another...In an area where wild grapes grow...they attract numerous species of bird and our deer. There are no others growing that I have found in my area. They look like a type Motherwort or Borage plant but the leaves are different.
Plant stands about 2.5 ft (it does not look as if its done growing yet)
I have to disagree. The leaves are are more similar to Wild Lettuce, possibly either Lactuca floridana or L. biennis. Also, the petal tips are different from those of Chickory, but like those of the above Lactuca species, as are the highly branched panicles.
Take a close look at the flowers. The tips of the Chickory are "squared off" and "ragged", while those of the mystery plant are nicely rounded. Also the Chickory does not exhibit the prominent dark blue stamens seen in the mystery plant. At first glance the flowers look very similar and the Chickory is see everywhere, so it is easy to conclude that that is what was posted.