Chicory Seeds - Cichorium intybus - Naturalised Wildflower

Type: Perennial
Approximate height: 1 - 1.5 metres
Flowering Time: Summer
Site and soil type: Rich but well-drained soil in sun
When to sow: Spring, summer or early autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or under cover, into trays, modules or pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 400 seeds / 0.5 g

Also known as Blue Sailors, Succory and Witloof, Chicory is a tall plant with numerous beautiful blue flowers along its stem.

Hoverflies, (whose larvae prey on aphids), are particularly fond of chicory.

The fresh young leaves and the blue flowers can be added to salads.

Chicory attracts / provides food for the following creatures:

  • Hoverflies
  • Beetles
  • Long-tongued Bumblebees and Honeybees
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.