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My husband and I were on the way down town today and while stopped at a red light, I looked down next to the road and there was a small clump of chicory growing there. I love seeing it growing on the sides of roads and highways every summer. It is one of the most beautiful blue flowers and seeing it yearly is like seeing an old friend return. I remember reading that one of the communities where we lived had prohibited growing it in yards and gardens. Your explanation of the large root may explain why. I have the feeling that if you give chicory really good growing conditions, you may have more of it than you plan for. When I see it thriving in the poor, stoney soil at the roadsides, I figured that it has to be one tenacious plant that will grow in conditions that will kill a lesser flower. It remains one of my favorite wild plants in our area.
Thank you for writing. The last time I was in the mountains, I drove by the area that used to be Aunt Bett's garden. I think it was about this time of year, and there by the back fence that was still standing was a huge clump of chicory. I can't believe it has been there since the 50's, and I thought at the time, I'll bet nobody will ever be able to get rid of those plants because the root system will be so deep.
But I love it, too, and always it brings back some really good memories.