at Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area, Yolo Co., CA
Disturbed area by lake Dry seed head
Sacramento County, California, US
scattered, in flower
Cichorium intybus or Chicory is a Eurasian plant that has become weedy in North America. Its leaves are sometimes used as salad greens, and the roasted roots are ground and added to coffee or used as a coffee substitute.
leaves are simple (lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets)
leaf arrangement: alternate: there is one leaf per node along the stem
the flower head has ray flowers only, meaning all of the individual flowers of the flower head have a strap-shaped ray, which may or may not have teeth at the very tip of the ray
This lavender flower has 5 prongs at the edge of each petal. There are little antennas in the middle of the flower that curl at the ends.
Common chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Various varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. It is also grown as a forage crop for livestock. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where...