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Wild Chicory

Cichorium intybus

Also known as

Wild Succory, Hendibeh, Barbe De Capucin, Watcher Of The Road, Blue Sailor Weed, Blue Dandelion, Bunk, Coffee Weed, French Endive, Witloof, Belgium Endive, Bunk Chicory, Chickory, Coffee Chicory, Common Chicory

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








6 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Wild Chicory Overview

An upright plant with beautiful bright blue flowers. Chicory is thought to have been cultivated as a food plant since about 300 BC, and is still today enjoyed throughout the culinary world. It is best known for being a substitute or additive to coffee. A highly ornamental, but invasive, plant it can be enjoyed in various temperate and cold climate gardens not only for its edible qualities but also for its medicinal applications. This species is best known in Britain as a coffee substitute where the roots are roasted and ground. They are grown like small lettuces and will vary greatly in colouring and leaf shape. It will produce pale blue flowers in the summer and autumn. These heads may be harvested in late summer. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Common problems with Wild Chicory

Pests include aphids (Green peach aphid, Lettuce aphid, Plum aphid), darkling beetles, flea beetles, loopers (Cabbage looper, Alfalfa looper), slugs & snails and thrips. Diseases include anthracnose, bacteral soft rot, bottom rot, damping-off, downy mildew, fusarium wilt, septoria blight, and white mold.

How to harvest Wild Chicory

The leaves should be harvested while the leaves are young and tender. If the plants are being grown for their roots then they should be pulled from the soil just before the last frost date. The leaves should be trimmed to about 2.5 cm from the crown and the roots should be trimmed to a uniform size.

How to propagate Wild Chicory


Sow in Spring and space plants 20-30 cm apart. Germination time is 8-14 days.

Special features of Wild Chicory

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects such as bees.

Pot plant

Can grow in large containers which can hold its extensive root systems, and provided it is given enough sunlight and good drainage holes.

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attracts bees

Other uses of Wild Chicory

Culinary, medicinal


A treatment for gallstones, gastro-enteritis, sinus problems and cuts and bruises, increases absorption of calcium and other minerals. Well known for its toxicity to internal parasites.


The flowers, leaves and roots are used for salad, baked, ground and used as a coffee substitute and additive. Also grown as food for livestock. The roots are stored in sand to give white leaves.

Other uses



Native British Leaves Urban Forager Mix

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