|A versatile addition to any kitchen garden, it can be used to add zest to salads, as a delicate sprout, or as a coffee substitute. For coffee substitute, dry and roast roots. For blanched sprouts, force young shoots. Edible leaves add color and spice to salads. This group includes such gourmet specialties as Belgian or French Endive and red-leafed Radicchio as well as a widespread, blue-flowered weed, Cichorium intybus. Chicory does best in rich soil and full sun, but may be difficult in hot-summer areas. Propagate by seed in autumn or spring.
The roots of this weedy species are used as a substitute for coffee. Best in herb gardens and dry, wild gardens. Can stand extreme drought, heat, and poor soil.
Attributes - Cichorium intybus
Plant Type: Herb
Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Blue
Height: 3 ft. to 5 ft.
Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Thrives in Alkaline Soil, Dry Climates. Drought Tolerant, Edible, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.