Chicory flowers are approximately 4 cm. in width and are usually a brilliant bluish-purple color (sometimes white or pink). The bristle-tipped, prominently-veined petals of this radially symmetrical bloom are arranged in a two layer fashion and surrounda central cluster of fused, dark-blue anthers. The flowers are stemless and are arranged in a singular fashion along the length of the stem.
This wildflower has two distinct types of leaves. Around the base of the stem, the dandelion-like leaves are large, measuring approximately 7.5-15 cm. in length. Along the stem, the lanceolate-to-oblong-shaped leaves are considerably smaller.
Chicory grows best in open field, along roadsides, and around waste areas.
The beauty of the Chicory flower is transient. Only a few flower heads open at a time per plant; each bloom lasts for only one day!
Coffee enthusiasts know chicory as a common additive in their daily cup o'joe. Chicory root is often roasted and ground along with coffee beans to give a delicious and distinctive brew.