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Cichorium intybus 'Palla Rossa'


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There are many types of chicory, all have a very distinctive, bitter taste. Most varieties are good winter crops colourful leaves. They are ideal for salads and some types can also be cooked. There are three different types of chicory 'forcing' chicory, red chicory or radicchio and 'non-forcing' chicory. 'Palla Rossa', or sometimes called 'Palla rossa Zorzi Precoce', is a radicchio with a delicate, tangy flavour. It is best planted later in the year as it colours better in cooler weather.

Genus: Cichorium

Species: intybus

Cultivar: Palla Rossa

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Spread: 15cm

Time to plant seeds: February to September

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