With sky blue edible flowers and roots that were used as a coffee substitute in the past, chicory is both a useful culinary and medicinal herb. It can also be found growing wild in the UK.
- Edible flowers
- Useful liver herb
- Attracts beneficial insects
- Include in a wildlife garden
Carrying chicory was once thought to remove obstacles that crop up in life and chicory harvested in perfect silence with a gold knife on midsummer at either noon or midnight made the possessor invisible - an interesting and beautiful plant to grow in the garden.
- Height: 60 – 100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Blue
- Flowering period: July - September
Beautiful striking chicory flowers are produced all along the tall stems of this quite straggly perennial and it needs to be allowed to reach a decent height for a good display. It is easy to grow and prefers a relatively sunny site and although it will grow in a pot successfully, in the ground it will reach its full potential.
The flowers, leaves and roots of chicory have long been used for medicine and cooking. The long taproots are, like the dandelion are bitter and traditionally used as a medicine for the liver and digestive system. The ground roasted root has also gained some popularity as a coffee substitute because of the similar flavour and lack of caffeine. The young leaves can be added to salads and the older, more bitter ones blanched and eaten as a vegetable. The flowers look terrific in a salad or frozen into ice cubes and dropped into drinks.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.