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laura Iverson
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I recently discovered this plant and am so excited about it! I heard its best to harvest the roots before it flowers.... Is this true? If so.... How do you identify it without the cute little flowers? It looks just like a dandelion to me.
 
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Yeah, looks like dandelion to me. I have to say, i was just staring at a bunch of plants this afternoon, thinking "Hey, these look just like dandelions but i know they're not"... So are there any other dandelion-lookalikes?
 
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laura Iverson wrote: How do you identify it without the cute little flowers?


You remember where it was from last season. If you don't dig up the root, being a perennial it will come back. I have several different varieties that I have naturalized in my back yard, and if I cut it back at ground level (or the rabbits in the neighborhood nibble it to the ground), it will pop back in time.


It looks just like a dandelion to me.


Look a little closer. Or taste a leaf. Once you have gotten used to the texture of the leaf and how the bitter aftertaste develops, those are pretty distinctive signs you are nibbling on chicory. A little bit goes a long way for me. Most of the chicory I have, I let grow as forage. All critters seem to like the taste of chicory.
 
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