View Larger Chicory

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Botanical Garden

  • Botanical Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3 3 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    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



    Also Known As

    Wild Endive , Succory , Coffeeweed

    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials
    Crops Crops

    Bloom Season

    May - October


    Summer Summer
    Spring Spring
    Fall Fall


    Max height Max Height: 4'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Edible
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Europe, northern Africa, western Asia


    Washington was experimenting with chicory as a field crop.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington 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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