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Cichorium intybus


They are found in fields and along roadsides.


It has a bright, blue flower with fringed petal tips. The flowers grow around a stiff stem. The leaves are 3 – 6 inches long and come out from the base and a few smaller ones on the stems. The leaves look a bit like dandelion leaves. They bloom June through October.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Large, showy flowers with long, thin petals (rays) that are toothed at the tips - Composite
Flower Color: Blue
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Tall - 1-4 feet)
Leaf Type: Lobed and toothed

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