Annuals or perennials, with lobed leaves, aster-like flowers, of typically blue, but also white and pink. These tend to be open in the morning and then close as the day progresses. Give them a sunny spot in the border and they will reward with a long flowering period. Cichorium, chicory, gives us C. endiva, endive and C. intybus, chicory, of which the roots can be used as a coffee substitute.

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