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Common chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a bushy perennial herb with blue, lavender, or occasionally white flowers. It grows as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where it has become naturalized. Common chicory is also known as blue sailors, succory, and coffeeweed. It is also called cornflower, although that name is more properly applied to Centaurea cyanus. The cultivated forms are grown for their leaves (var. foliosum), or for the roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. Common names for varieties of var. foliosum include endive, radicchio, Belgian endive, French endive, red endive, sugarloaf or witloof.

 

La Cicoria comune (nome scientifico Cichorium intybus) è una pianta erbacea, perenne con vivaci fiori di colore celeste, appartenente alla famiglia delle Asteraceae.

Le foglie sono di dimensioni decrescenti , e i fiori sono color azzurro chiaro e raggruppati in capolini ascellari o terminali. I frutti sono acheni color sabbia, e spesso vengono scambiati per semi. All' interno di ogni acheno è contenuto solo un seme.

Il radicchio selvatico è una pianta molto resistente, si adotta infatti sia al freddo che alle alte temperature.

  

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Taken on August 1, 2010