Plants of the Castlemaine district

Chicory - introduced (*Cichorium intybus)

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Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).

Native of Europe and Asia.

Other names: Succory.

Occurrence: A widespread and conspicuous summer flowering weed. It is very common in Castlemaine. Chicory usually does not persist in grazed paddocks.


The root has been roasted and used as a coffee substitute, and it is grown as a culinary and medicinal plant.

R: Chicory in Blakeley Road, Castlemaine. Most of the leaves are at the base of the plant.
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L: Flower. Happy Valley Castlemaine. R: Kennedy St, Castlemaine.
Bottom: Hundreds of Chicory plants. Froomes Road, near the creek. Castlemaine