"Chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Various varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where it has become naturalized." (Wikipedia) Chicory thrives in Williamsown and brightens our roadsides.