Cichorium intybus

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.
Cichorium intybus
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

Foliage: Deciduous

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.

Related Plants

Cichorium endivia 'Salad King', Cichorium endivia 'Batavian'
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