Chicory

Cichorium intybus

Family Aster (Asteraceae)
Bloom Summer, fall
Habitat Dry, sun, fields, meadows, roadsides
Status Non-Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 1-4′
Flower Sky-blue flowers. Petals are blunt and fringed at the tip. Flowers are attached directly to the stem. Color can range from white to blue to pink depending on the age and location.
Leaf Basal leaves are like a dandelion, having jagged, sharp-pointed lobes. There are few leaves on the stems, especially on the upper part. Leaves are hairy.
Notes Stems are wiry and tough. Chicory was imported from Eurasia to be cultivated for its taproot, which can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute. Leaves are edible but bitter.

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