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Cichorium intybus. N.O. Compositae.

Synonym ► Succory.

Habitat ► Waysides, field borders, waste land.

Features ► Stem grows to three feet, upstanding, rigid, tough, many branches at obtuse angles. Lower leaves large, margins coarsely notched, projecting lobes ; upper, small,

sessile, less divided. Flowers, delicate greyish-blue, many strap-like petals, stalkless, two or three together between leaves and stem. Root brownish ; reticulated white layers surround radiate, woody column.

Part used ► Root.

Action ► Hepatic, laxative, diuretic.

Jaundice and other liver disorders, gout and rheumatism. This root, when roasted and ground, is mixed with coffee, to the benefit of drinkers of that beverage.

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