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Chicory, Wild - Liver Tonic

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Wild Chicory

Cichorium intybus

Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Biennial (hardy in zones 3-10)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall


Ease of Germination: Easy


A food and medicine plant, going back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, who used the roots and the young shoots in spring like dandelion. Has diuretic, tonic and laxative properties, and is said to protect the liver from effects of excessive coffee drinking. Leaves yield a dye of clear blue colour, much like the colour of its lovely daisy flowers. A wild flower in much of North America.