Growth Habit: Chicory has a long, thick taproot which was originally used for human consumption. With dark green leaves, rigid and grooved stems and bright blue daisy-like flowers it is easy to identify.
Type of Plant: Chicory is an erect perennial herb of the dandelion family, that can grow up to 120 cm in height.
Fruit/Seed: Reproduces by seed.
Dispersal: Seed is readily dispersed by wind. Fragments of the tap root disturbed by roadside grading or similar mechanical intervention may also regrow.
Distribution: Roadsides, run down pastures, disturbed sites and wastelands. Best spotted in summer and autumn when it is flowering.
Status: Undeclared in Tasmania.
- Chicory has minimal economic impact.
- Has some culinary and medicinal uses.
- Potential forgaging uses.
For further information contact the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment, Tasmania.
- Grubbing (all year). Carefully remove entire plant. If seed heads are present, burn.
- Herbicide (summer, spring and autumn). Herbicides registered in Tasmania include triclopyr and glyphosate.