Irish wildflowers

Photos: nr Dunmanway, Co.Cork

Cichorium intybus
Family: Asteraceae

Flowering time: July-October. Perennial. Introduced.

Leafy spikes of bright-blue, many-rayed flowers.
Basal leaves are short-stalked, lobed and toothed. Upper leaves are lanceolate, clasping the stem. Erect, branched stems are grooved and more/less hairy. Height: 40-100cm.

Roadsides, waste ground, rough grassland. Prefers calcareous soils.


 Photograph left is probably a salad cultivar, Foliosum Group.
 Leaves are less hairy, more rounded and with entire margins.
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