Cichorium intybus

Perennial rossette herb; stems 30–120 cm high, grooved, with short crisped hairs or glabrous.

Basal leaves oblanceolate, 7–30 cm long, 1–12 cm wide, apex acute, margins toothed to pinnatisect with toothed lobes, pubescent to ± glabrous; cauline leaves gradually becoming smaller up the stem to become bract-like.

Heads solitary, or in small groups and axillary. Florets blue, rarely white; rays 15–20 mm long.

Achenes 2–3 mm long, pale or mottled, smooth or very finely rugulose; pappus of minute scales.

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