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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This blue-flowered perennial is common as a roadside weed, but has a long history of being used as an edible or fodder.

    Latin Name

    Cichorium intybus


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Also Known As

    Wild Endive, Succory, Coffeeweed


    Type of Plant

    Perennials
    Crop

    Bloom Season

    May - October


    Seasons

    Summer
    Spring
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Edible
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe, northern Africa, western Asia


    History

    Washington was experimenting with chicory as a field crop.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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