Category: Asteraceae

  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus), White Form

    White form of Chicory

    Chicory is almost always blue, but like many blue flowers it can sometimes appear in a pink or white form. This pure-white Chicory was growing in a cemetery in Etna.

    Cichorium intybus, white form

    For a fuller description, see the Cichorium intybus reference page.

  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

    Also known by the much more poetical name “Blue Sailors,” but we must admit we have never heard that name used in Pittsburgh. Chicory is everywhere along the roadside and in vacant lots; this plant was blooming by the side of Saw Mill Run Boulevard not far from the Liberty Tunnels.

    For a fuller description, see the Cichorium intybus reference page.

  • Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum)

    Hieracium aurantiacum

    Also known as Pilosella aurantiaca, this is one of our most spectacular weeds. If you draw a line right across the middle of Pennsylvania from east to west, you will mark the southern border of the range where Orange Hawkweed is common. There are, however, isolated stations in the city of Pittsburgh, one of which is St. Peter’s Cemetery in Arlington, where these pictures were taken on June 3.

    Pilosella aurantiaca
    Orange Hawkweed
  • Dandelion Seeds (Taraxacum officinale)

    We often picture the flowers, but the seedheads of the common dandelion are at least as decorative and probably more artistic.

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

    Taraxacum officinale

    It’s the middle of April, and cheery yellow dandelions are everywhere. We always have room for more pictures of them.

    Three heads