Chicory is a member of the Sunflower family. chicory, a simple perennial, introduced from Europe, reproduces only by seed. The plant has a deep fleshy root and tufted basal leaves that resemble those of a dandelion. The stem is much branched and can reach over five feet tall. The flowers are bright blue, purple or occasionally white, and occur along the stems of the plant.
The plant is closely related to the cultivated endive and is grown in some areas for the succulent leaves and the fleshy roots. The roots are dried and used as a substitute for coffee. Other colloquial names for chicory are succory, blue daisy, blue sailors, and coffee weed.
Chicory is scattered throughout Colorado between 4,000 to 7,000 feet.