Greek kikhorion — the classical name for Cichorium intybus L
Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, glabrous to hairy. Stems erect or ascending, branched. Leaves basal and along stems, alternate, margins toothed to divided. Capitula 'radiate', terminal and axillary, solitary or a few together, with or without stalks. Involucral bracts in 2 rows, overlapping, unequal. Receptacle flat. Florets all bisexual, ligulate, blue, purplish, white or pink. Achenes obovoid, 3-5-angled, glabrous. Pappus of 1 or 2 rows of minute scales.
Two species have become minor weeds in Australia.
Often bluish ligulate florets; few sessile or shortly stalked capitula in axils of reduced leaves or terminal.
6 species from the Mediterranean region and SW Asia.
Source: (2002). Asteraceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.