Cichorium intybus 'Rossa di Treviso'

Cichorium intybus ‘Rossa Di Treviso’


  • Botanical name: Cichorium intybus 'Rossa Di Treviso'
  • Common name: Chicory
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Chicory is a bitter-tasting vegetable, used as a winter crop and harvested to eat in autumn and early spring salads. The leaves can have a bitter taste, but blanching these before eating can help reduce this bitterness. It thrives in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. There are three different types of chicory: ‘forcing’ chicory, red chicory or radicchio and ‘non-forcing’ chicory.


Cichorium intybus ‘Rossa di Treviso’ is a tall-growing ‘non-forcing’ chicory which grows a lot like lettuce. It bears heads of maroon and white leaves with thick, pure-white stems. 

So Cichorium intybus ‘Rossa di Treviso’ seeds direct, 1.5cm deep in well-prepared soil, from April to August. Alternatively raise in modules under glass from March.


Thin out to 25-30cm apart between plants. Module-grown plants can be transplanted to a cloche in autumn to extend the season. 

How to grow Cichorium 'Rossa di Treviso'

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Sow in January

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Do not Sow in September

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Do not Plant in January

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Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Cichorium 'Rossa di Treviso' and wildlife

Cichorium 'Rossa Di Treviso' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Cichorium 'Rossa di Treviso' poisonous?

Cichorium 'Rossa Di Treviso' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People