Cichorium intybus

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Scientific Name Cichorium intybus USDA PLANTS Symbol CIIN
Common Name Common Chicory ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 36763
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (4200 to 7000 ft.); dry to moist soils along roadsides, disturbed areas and meadows.
Plant: Tall, herbacious, erect, branching perennial 16 to 40 inches tall, but may be taller.
Leaves: Basal and alternating stem leaves, 2 to 14 inches long, lower leaves lanceolate, elliptic or oblanceolate overall becoming linear further up; pinnatifid or with toothed margins; lower leaves sessile, becoming clasping.
Inflorescence: Long spike-like open branching panicles with flower heads widely spaced along the stalks; flowerheads 1 to 1-1/2 inches across, sessile, subtended by short leafy, green triangular bracts; 10 to 20 light blue to white ray florets each with 5 small teeth at tips; several light blue stamens with blue anthers in center; no disk florets.
Bloom Period: June to October.
References: Illinois Wildflowers, SEINet, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield
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