Chicory, Dickory, Dock

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Chicory.

You see this scraggly, weedy plant alongside parkways, roads with vacant lots or the less traveled byways of Fairfax County.

The pretty blue flowers attract the eye. I like the serrated edges of the petals.

Some people (not me) use the leaves in salads, and I recall reading Civil War memoirs that mentioned soldiers and others using it as a substitute for coffee.

Looks wild.

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