Cichorium intybus (Asteraceae)
A slender perennial, easily established from seed, producing a deep taproot. A native of Europe, it has escaped from cultivation and naturalized throughout North America. The plant contains a white, milky sap that appears if the stem is broken. Flowers are blue, remaining on the plant for only a single day. Prefers full sun in well drained soils.
Suggested Use: Herb gardens, isolated areas.
Miscellaneous: When World War 11 disrupted shipping, most U.S. "coffee" was produced from chicory. Caffeine free, it is regaining popularity.
Average Planting Success: 80%
Height: 2--- 4 feet
Germination: 7---21 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 65°F--75°F
Sowing Depth: 1/16"
Blooming Period: May----October
Average Seeds Per Pound: 426,000
1 oz Covers: 545 sq.ft.
Seeding Rate: 5 lbs. per acre