Weed of the Month: Chicory
Common name: Chicory
Scientific name: Cichorium intybus L.

Life Cycle: Perennial
Origin: Mediterranean region
Poisonous: None reported

Chicory is widespread across North America and is a commonly occurring plant in all types of pastures and rough turfs. This erect, branched simple perennial weed grows 2 to 4 feet in height at maturity and has milky sap. Chicory flowers have distinctive bright blue petals and bloom from mid-June through October. Chicory develops from a basal rosette (similar to dandelion), has a deep, fleshy taproot, and reproduces from buds on the root. Chicory is primarily spread by seeds. It is not as common as many w

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