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Chicory? Lettuce? Some help with this one appreciated!


 
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JennyS
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:40 am    Post subject: Chicory? Lettuce? Some help with this one appreciated! Reply with quote

Hi, I've come across another plant that I'd be glad of id help with.....
The flower looks like chicory, but the leaves definitely don't - they make me think more of lettuce! All clues would be very welcome...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say it is either Cichorium intybus or else Cichorium endivia.
I believe this is cultivated and used as leaf vegetable under the common names radicchio or radicchio lettuce.
This chicory can be cooked or used in salads.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi GPI , thanks for your reply. The leaves seem very wrong for Cichorium intybus, and I can't find an illustration for Cichorium endivia - would you or anyone else have one they could post. It does make me think of an 'edible' .......
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cichorium endivia leaf, similar?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you GPI, that looks like more of a match, so its an escaped endive rather than an escaped chicory......
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