Chicory

Cichorium intybus

Chicory - Cichorium intybus

Common Name: Chicory
Genus: Cichorium
Species: intybus

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Edible fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.30 m (130 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.70 m (70 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Primarily known for itís use as a salad crop Chicory can also be used as a border perennial. Cichorium intybus forms a clump and has quite long, thistle-like, jagged basal leaves. During summer sky-blue flowers are produced on tall flower spikes. The flowers are daisy-like and are produced during mid-summer to early autumn. Unusually, they only open in the morning, closing up by lunchtime.