Italian dandelion is not a true dandelion, although the leaves are similar and edible. It is actually a loose-leaf chicory commonly used in salads in Italy. It features larger, more upright and deeper green leaves than common dandelion.
Adds beautiful red color to salad mix. The leaves and flower stalks are used in salads, soups, or as a sautéed side dish. Good heat and cold tolerance.
Bold red stems and midribs for vibrant contrast. Deeply lobed leaves with excellent flavor. Good cold tolerance. Shows some variation in plant habit and leaf shape and color.
Thrives outside in zones 4 through 9.
LATIN NAME: Cichorium intybus
SEED NAME: Italiko Red Italian Dandelion Seed from Johnny’s Selected Seeds