Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Plant Family: Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae – Aster family

Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Plant Stats

  • Overall Height 1’ -5’
  • Leaf Shape: pinnately divided
  • Color of Petals: blue to white
  • Ecosystems: Roadsides, waste places

Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is an alien wildflower often found on roadsides, where it can be quite plentiful.  In the summer I have seen the gravel median of roadsides turn blue with their flowers.  Chicory is quite adept at invading waste places and disturbed sites, where some consider it ecologically invasive.

Chicory flower photo

Pale blue flowers of Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Human Uses

Chicory is one of those plants that was used in the past as a folk remedy and as a flavoring in tea and its popularity has not declined.  Its root has been and is used as a coffee additive and substitute.  For medicinal purposes Chicory has been used as a kidney, gall bladder, and heart problems.

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