Cichorium intybus

Cichorium intybus
Cichorium intybus
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Cichorium intybus
Common name: chickory
Group: dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: biennial; perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 1 - 4'
Foliage: leaves toothed, entire, or alternate alternate, partly clasping
Flower: rays blue, occasionally white, toothed at tips; 1 to 1-1/2"  wide flower heads
Flowering time: bloom late June to November, mostly August to October
Habitat: weed of disturbed grounds
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Distribution: Cichorium intybus distribution
Misc. used as a coffee substitute, and as an herbal remedy for disorders of the digestive tract. The leaves can also be eaten as greens in salad.