Local plant identification leads to constant self-tutoring. The tutor reveals a great find from Nanaimo.
I was down in Nanaimo for a few weeks this summer. (BTW, I’ve loved Nanaimo since ’08, when we started traveling there.)
Notable in Nanaimo is the variety of trees and plants that aren’t apparent here, in Campbell River. This summer, down there, I noticed a rather untidy-looking plant with pretty blue flowers, growing to perhaps two feet in height. The plant is abundant in Nanaimo, growing next to the sidewalk and in untended lots. Like dandelions, it fades and then reflowers within short duration.
I never saw one of those plants close up, but its blue flowers are arresting. I decided to attempt identification, and think I have: chicory.
Pojar, Jim and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of Coastal British Columbia. Vancouver: Lone Pine Publishing and B.C. Ministry of Forests, 1994.
Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.