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Chicory is a perennial plant belonging to the Compositae family (Asteraceae). It can grow to about 1 meter in height.

 variety of chicory (Cichorium intybus var. sativum) is cultivated for its root and often used as a substitute for coffee. This variety has a powerful, fleshy, yellowish taproot which can weigh over Chicory is a perennial plant belonging to the Compositae family (Asteraceae). It can grow to 500 grams.

Wild chicory produces roots that are long and branched. First, the plant forms deeply toothed leaves in a rosette similar to the leaves of dandelion. The leaves are hairy on the underside.

From the center of the rosette, the plant produces an angular, hollow, rigid stalk with outspread branches.

The large and blue flowers, appear from July to September. They close in the afternoon and at the approaching of bad weather like before the rain. Varieties of the plant producing white or pink flowers exist.