Cichorium intybus 'Variegato di Castelfranco'

Cichorium intybus ‘Variegato Di Castelfranco’


  • Botanical name: Cichorium intybus 'Variegato Di Castelfranco'
  • 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 ‘Variegato di Castelfranco’ is a glorious ‘non-forcing’ chicory which grows a lot like lettuce. It bears pretty variegated green leaves with maroon spots. Harvest young leaves on a cut-and-come-again basis or allow hearts to develop and use whole in stir-fries.


Sow Cichorium intybus ‘Variegato di Castelfranco’ 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 'Variegato di Castelfranco'

  • 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

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Cichorium 'Variegato di Castelfranco' and wildlife

Cichorium 'Variegato Di Castelfranco' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Cichorium 'Variegato di Castelfranco' poisonous?

Cichorium 'Variegato Di Castelfranco' 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