Genus Cichorium
Composite Family (Asteraceae/Compositae)

Chicory plant with many flower heads

(Cichorium intybus)

A straggly looking plant that grows 3 or 4 feet tall along roadsides and in waste places.

The plant was purposely introduced from the Mediterranean area because of its food uses. The young leaves make good salad greens, and the roots can be roasted and ground and used as a coffee substitute.

Chicory flower head

It has attractive sky-blue flower heads, about 2 inches across, growing from the upper leaf axils. They bloom each morning and fade in the afternoon.