Madison Indiana Photography

“Wild Chicory”

Each year at this time as you wind yourself through the back roads and woods of Southern Indiana, a beautiful wildflower has been treating us to a wonderful display of color and form. Growing mainly right along roadsides and ditches, this flower with its beautiful color is one of my favorites and one of the last flowers of the year that will grace us with its presence.

The Wild Chicory is a woody stemmed deep rooted plant with the most amazing Blue color that you will find outdoors in a natural setting, it is covered with many blooms but each one only lasts a day before a new one takes its place.  Another interesting  thing about this flower is that it likes sunny places but by mid afternoon, at least from my observations, the blooms seem to close up,which is usually when I like to shoot.  And being close to roads there always seemed to be a wind problem with this particular wildflower, but I got lucky with these as they were tucked back into a clearing.

Chicory is also widely used as a coffee substitute. When World War II disrupted shipping most U.S. coffee was produced from chicory. It also is used in herbal remedies as a blood cleansing agent that is supposed to be good for your liver.

Regardless of its use, this amazing wildflower does one thing for sure; it brings a beautiful blue color to a dull late summer road and a great subject to photograph, thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

Wild Chicory  2 2009

Chicory 1 2009


August 12, 2009 - Posted by | art, blue, Chicory, Clifty Falls, DSLR, floral, flower photography, flowers, garden, hiking, images, indiana, indiana wildflowers, macro, macro photography, Madison Indiana, nature, nature photography, photographer, photography, plants, random, thoughts, wildflowers


  1. These images are very nice, Bernie. I prefer the second one a tiny bit more because of the stem which is almost invisible in the first one. What I really like is the sharpness and details in both images. In the first one the details of the central stamens(?) are excellent. In the second one I especially like the patterns made by round shape of a blossom with nice “torn” edges and then by central stamens(?). You also provided good amount of information about this flower. I planed to take some shots of this nice flower myself but I usually saw it when I was without my camera and there are no in near neighbourhood of my house.

    Comment by Tomas Turecek | August 12, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank Tomas, how did you like NPN, your work will do really well over there !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | August 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. It’s not just on the back roads — I was out exploring US 40 on Saturday and the chicory was out in force!

    Comment by Jim | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. Nicely done, Bernie! At the moment, Chicory is the reason for some large un-mowed patches on my front lawn. I love the stuff!

    Comment by montucky | August 13, 2009 | Reply

    • Whatever works to keep you from lawn work Terry 😉

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | August 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Wow!~ What beautiful photos you posted. I love Montana. However, my question refers to your comment on Bernie Kasper’s photo of wild chicory. I recently suggested that my neighbor sow chicory seeds in the pasture for her horses. She said they are aggressive and will take over a whole pasture.

      I thought, gee! That would be pretty! Then I stumbled upon your comment about patches in your lawn and I wonder…could it be a problem? Do you have to keep cutting around it to contain it? I grow garden chicory and it’s become one of my favorite plants to view and to eat.

      Just love your photos, and Bernie’s, too. Happened to stumble upon them tonight.

      Anna Lee

      Comment by Anna Lee | December 5, 2011 | Reply

      • Hello, Anna!

        No, I don’t consider chicory a problem in the lawn, I just mow around it while it’s blooming because I like the blossoms. Where I really don’t want it, I just mow over it and eventually it gives up.

        Comment by montucky | December 10, 2011

  4. Yes, I’m loving all the blue around here too. Chicory is such a cheerful flower.

    Comment by Bo Mackison | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  5. Beautiful images of Chicory. You did a great job of capturing their gorgeous blue, preserving detail while blurring the BG.

    Comment by Anita | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  6. Lovely shots. Isn’t it amazing what grows in ditches?

    Comment by Howard Grill | August 13, 2009 | Reply

    • I found a bunch of stuff growing in ditches Howard, all you have to do is spend time in them 😉

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | August 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. I love the pretty blue colors of this wild flower. Very beautiful as usual with your photography.

    Comment by RecycleCindy | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  8. Lovely, Bernie. I think I prefer the second one. The angle makes it more visually interesting. Pretty color, but then I’m rather partial to all things blue. ;-}

    Comment by The Right Blue | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  9. I never realised that wildflowers could be so beautiful !

    This wild chicory ….. her blue colours …… amazing … would love to see in a sea of blue wild chicory fields and I believe it would be just as beautiful as those sea of tulip flowers !


    Comment by JH | August 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. Hi.
    Random clicking led me here.
    I love the combo of your photos and good music. No “Top 10″…in this decade anyway! Thankfully!
    Lovely photos and blog.

    Comment by Andrea | August 16, 2009 | Reply

    • I am glad it led you here and thanks for stopping to take a look !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | August 17, 2009 | Reply

  11. Good morning, Bernie. Looks like we are both on Chicory kicks. I just posted a couple of Chicory images a couple of days ago. You’ve captured the color perfectly and the detail is excellent. I do think I would like to see the first come in at a little more of an angle but that a small point. Very nicely done.

    Comment by edvatza | August 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks Ed, I took a look at your Chicory shots and they are beautiful, you have some wonderful images on your site !!

      Comment by Bernie Kasper | August 17, 2009 | Reply

  12. Great focus.

    Comment by Descartes | August 17, 2009 | Reply

  13. awesome!

    Comment by ankush | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  14. I really like the top photo. The symmetry, color and shallow depth of field are great. A very striking macro photo.

    Comment by Jim Goldstein | August 26, 2009 | Reply

  15. Very pretty flower – if it’s a liver tonic, maybe I should be adding it to my coffee 😉

    Comment by Adam R. Paul | August 29, 2009 | Reply

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