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'''Chicory''' and '''curly endive''' are common names for the edible [[perennial]] [[herb]] ''[[Cichorium]] intybus''.
'''Chicory''' and '''curly endive''' are common names for the edible [[perennial]] [[herb]] ''[[Cichorium]] intybus''.


The leaves have a bitter taste, and are used as [[salad greens]]. The roots can be eaten boiled, or can be roasted and ground to produce a flavoring for [[coffee]]. Some roots are also used for [[livestock]] feed. As a wildflower, it is also known as "ragged blue sailor."
The leaves have a bitter taste, and are used as [[salad greens]]. The roots can be eaten boiled, or can be roasted and ground to produce a flavoring for [[coffee]]. Some roots are also used for [[livestock]] feed. As a wildflower, it is also known as "ragged blue sailor." It has a preference for well drained, gravelly soil, and is a common roadside wildflower from Tennessee northward throughout eastern USA blooming from July until frost.
[[Image:Halictid bee 7702.JPG|thumb|right|Halictid bee|Chicory blossom with halictid bee pollinator|300 px]]
[[Image:Halictid bee 7702.JPG|thumb|right|Halictid bee|Chicory blossom with halictid bee pollinator|300 px]]

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Chicory and curly endive are common names for the edible perennial herb Cichorium intybus.

The leaves have a bitter taste, and are used as salad greens. The roots can be eaten boiled, or can be roasted and ground to produce a flavoring for coffee. Some roots are also used for livestock feed. As a wildflower, it is also known as "ragged blue sailor." It has a preference for well drained, gravelly soil, and is a common roadside wildflower from Tennessee northward throughout eastern USA blooming from July until frost.

Chicory blossom with halictid bee pollinator