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Cichorium intybus


Description: Wiry branched stems with few leaves on upper part and pale blue flower heads along main branches; sap milky. Leaves: Those near base 3-10"(7.5-25 cm) long, lanceolate, pinnately toothed or lobed, edged with small sharp teeth; upper leaves smaller. Height: 1-6"(30-180 cm).


Habitat: Fields, roadsides, and waste places. Range: Throughout North America, except far north.


Discussion: Only a few flower heads open at a time, and each lasts only a day. While in some places this European weed has proliferated to become a plant pest, it is also sought for its food uses. The roots can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute or additive; a European form is cultivated for this purpose, and millions of pounds are used here and abroad. Closely related to Chicory is the salad plant Endive (C. endivia). Flower: March-October.. Head about 2"(5 cm) wide; flowers all rays, each with 5 small teeth across blunt end. Fruit: Seed-like, with tiny scales at tip. Flowering months: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

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West Jefferson, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2012
Submitted on Jul 9, 2012

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