Chicory, or Succory, an edible perennial herb. It is native to Europe but also grows in America. Chicory leaves look somewhat like those of a dandelion. The stem is tall and branched. The flowers vary in color, but are usually blue, pink, or white. The plant has a long, carrot-like taproot. Chicory is easily grown from seed and often grows wild.
Chicory is extensively cultivated in parts of western Europe, where the roots and leaves are used for salads and cattle feed. Roasted and ground chicory roots are sometimes used as a substitute for coffee and are sometimes mixed with ground coffee to add a bitterness to the flavor.
The chicory plant is Cichorium intybus of the family Compositae.