Common Name: Chicory

Scientific Name: Chicorium intybus

Family: Asteraceae

Habitat: Meadows, Prairies, Naturalized Areas

Native: No

Life Cycle: Biennial

Bloom Time: Summer, Fall

Height: Up to 4 feet

Light: Full sun

Soil: Well drained

Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies

Description: Chicory, which is also known as Cornflower, is a biennial wildflower that was introduced from Europe and has naturalized across most of the United States. Chicory, which is part of the Asteraceae or daisy family, grows abundantly in meadows, prairies, and naturalized areas in full sun and can tolerate a variety of soil types. Chicory can be identified by its periwinkle blue flowers, which attract many pollinators including bees and butterflies. Chicory is considered weedy at best and invasive at worst in many states across the United States.