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Chicory (P) — Cichorium intybus — Family: Asteraceae — Aster

© Copyright 2004-2017, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2017, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2017, Ronald Calhoun.
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Chicory is probably the most common weed of Michigan roadsides. In the late summer its bright blue flowers are easily identifiable at 50 mph. Chicory is a simple (unbranched) perennial with a jagged fleshy taproot. The coarsely-toothed basal leaves are 6-8" long and form a rosette. The stems are erect and sparsely leaved.

Chicory can survive dry, infertile conditions. Mowing of the plant will cause the stems to dry out leaving a very hard twiggy stump that is quite unfriendly to bare feet.