Scientific Name - Cichorium intybus L.
Family - Compositae
Freely-branched taprooted perennial, initially from a rosette. Leaves coarsely toothed, upper surface "rough" to the touch. Basal leaves usually absent at flowering. Stem leaves alternate, clasping and hairy. Stems smooth, with a "milky" juice. Flowers bright blue. Scattered throughout the United States with the exception of Florida. Native to North Africa, Europe, and Western Asia.