Mid-July in Nanaimo and the roadsides are covered with this flower right now. For those that like their coffee decaffeinated this is certainly the time to do some collecting. This striking blue flower is known as Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus) but is also known as blue sailors, succory and coffeeweed.
The cultivated varieties are grown for their leaves or roots which are baked then ground for a coffee substitute or additive. As you can see in the photo above they have huge roots for such a small plant. I'm still looking for someone who has tried these "wild" or "common" plants in their coffee.
Hmmmm ... Anyone interested in the franchise to supply Timmy's ....