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Chicory Cichorium intybus


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Alternate name: Blue Sailors

Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

Description Non-native herbaceous biennial or perennial. When flowering, chicory has a tough, grooved, and more or less hairy stem, from 10"-40" tall.
Leaves: stalked, lanceolate and unlobed.
Flowers: 3/4"-1.5" wide, blue-lavender-white petals radiating from an miniscule disk. There are two rows of petals - the inner are longer and erect, the outer are shorter and spreading.

Flower April-October.

Habitat Disturbed sites.

Range Native to Europe; now naturalized throughout continental North America, except Alaska and arctic Canada.

Discussion Also known as: blue sailors, coffeeweed, succory. Considered invasive or a weedy in some places, and listed as a noxious weed in Colorado. Leaves of Cichorium intybus are sometimes used as salad greens; the roasted roots are sometimes ground and used as or in addition to coffee.