This bushy perennial herb originated in Europe and then naturalized in North America. Now you can find it growing all over the in pastures and roads.
Chicory is the common name given to the flowering plants in the genus Cichorium of the family Asteraceae.
It includes two cultivated species, and four to six wild species. Common Chicory is also known as Blue Sailors or Coffee Weed and it is used for many uses; for example the roots are used as a coffee additive and is still very popular in the Southern parts of the USA.
In New Orleans it is used in Cajun-style red-eye gravy. The flower was used as a tonic and appetite stimulant, and as a treatment for gallstones, gastro-enteritis, sinus problems and cuts and bruises.