Friday's Flowers: A Nosegay with Chicory

Katie's bouquet for this week... is more like a small nosegay.
A nosegay, posey (or posie, posy) or tussie-mussie is a small bunch of flowers, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice to mask the unpleasant smells of the time - literally, to keep the nose gay. In their current form, they rose to popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 onwards, at which time the tussie-mussie became a popular fashion accessory. Typically, tussie-mussies include floral symbolism from the Language of Flowers, and therefore may be used to send a message to the recipient.
Look at how beautiful the underside of the leaves are!

The flower I am choosing to talk about this week out of this bouquet is...

the Common chicory!
(Cichorium intybus)

Although most people seem to consider it a weed, botanically it is a perennial herb.
It can come in blue, lavender, or occasionally white. It grows as a wild plant on roadsides. It is also known as blue sailors, succory, and coffeeweed. It is also called cornflower, although that also the name of another flower. They are cultivated for their leaves or for the roots, which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. They are in the same family as endive and radicchio.
All information is from http://en.wikipedia.org/


Pick some flowers, arrange 'em pretty, take a photo, post it to your blog,
visit Friday's Flowers to share it with us.

2 comments:

  1. This was a great history lesson I never knew that about a nose gay. Very cool, and beautiful flowers.

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  2. This was really interested to read. Thanks for the education.

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