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.