Photographer: Robert R. Kowal
Cichorium intybus L.
Cichorium: Latinized version of an Arabic name for one species of this genus from the Greek kichore, which usually carries a common name of chicory or endive
intybus: derived from Egyptian tybi, "January," the month that it was customarily eaten
Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-6' tall forb with milky juice; stems widely branched; long taproot|
|Flower: ||head up to 1 1/2" wide with many blue to white rays, no disk; inflorescence of 1-3 widely spaced heads from upper leaf axils; blooms July-Oct.|
|Fruit:||dry, smooth seed without a fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||alternate, entire to pinnately-divided, becoming smaller toward the top|
|Habitat: ||disturbed sites, roadsides|