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Cichorium intybus blue flowers and Horace diet



Chicory is quiet an unnoticeable plant ,surviving where streets end, sometimes even trying to invade side walks, growing in the corners of kindergarten playgrounds and behind shopping moles where city lawns meet native plants.But when it starts to flower , then it is seen  afar. Sky-blue flowers look as small oceans of blue colour , transforming weed-like into sky-like. Once far ago I wanted to have this beauty with me, at home, so I picked a big bouquet and put it in a vase . How disappointed was I ,recognizing chicory is no cut-flower plant, nice blue petals shrank and my bouquet was a sad one. Since then I admire chicory there, where I find it! 

The chicory plant is one of the earliest cited in recorded literature. Horace mentions it in reference to his own diet, which he describes as very simple: “Me pascunt olivae, me cichorea, me malvae” (“As for me, olives, endives, and mallows provide sustenance”) from:

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Horatius reads before Maecenas, Fyodor Andreyevich Bronnikov (1827–1902), from:

By Tamara Jare

Slovenian figurative painter. Love colors and light.

8 replies on “Cichorium intybus blue flowers and Horace diet”

Apparently we do, and it is used/planted for cattle feed. But I don’t think I have seen it in small ocean size. Maybe I am not in the countryside at the right time of year to see it.


Me too, with falling in love with that blue and cutting some for home and being so disappointed. Like you said, to be admired in its natural state – often with Queen Anne’s Lace, a pretty combination.


I adore chicory and I too cut some years ago and put them in a vase. They immediately lost their short lived life. Lesson learned. I sew their seeds every spring in a wild grassy area and they thrive. Enjoyed your post.


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