Variegata di Castelfranco Chicory




It’s hard to know where to start in describing our adoration for this variety. Vigorous and extremely cold hardy, with large heads that produce loose outer leaves and tight hearts. Variable in color and leaf shape, spanning olive to lime green in color and sporting a variety of waves, frills and ruffles. Oh, and the speckling…each head is adorned with its own unique pattern of red streaks and spots. This is great addition to the fall-winter garden, due to great frost tolerance as well as its ability to head up when everything else has stopped growing. Wonderful, slightly bitter flavor, as it typical for chicories. Plant in mid-summer for late fall harvest, or late summer for overwintering.

Days to Maturity: 75

Planting Instructions:
Plant late spring through early fall. Optimal soil
temp for germination is 70-85°. Planting depth:
1/8”. For full heads – start indoors 4 weeks before
desired transplant then plant at 12-18” spacing
or direct seed every inch and thin to same spacing.

Additional information


1g (~400 seeds) – $3.75, 7g – $7