Private: Radicchio Red Chicory

  • Type Perennial vegetable, treated as an annual
  • Planting time After last frost in spring or in mid to late summer for fall crop
  • Maturity 60 to 65 days
  • Features Colorful leaves with pungent, peppery flavor
  • Light Full sun to part shade
  • Plant spacing 8 to 12 inches apart
  • Soil Fertile, well-drained
  • Plant size 6 to 8 inches tall
  • Garden use Kitchen gardens, vegetable gardens, herb gardens, containers
  • Culinary use Salads, veggie side dish, grilling, pasta or meat accompaniment

Radicchio adds color to both garden and dinner table with its white-ribbed, wine-red leaves. This frost-tolerant vegetable is a chicory that grows much like cabbage. Heads are small, reaching a size between an orange and a grapefruit. Leaves boast a tangy taste that’s been variously described as bitter, pungent, and peppery. The flavor sweetens when cool weather arrives (and also when leaves are properly prepared in the kitchen). In Italy, radicchio is a staple of mealtime menus, sometimes starring in a main dish and other times playing an accompanying role. Americans tend to use this colorful chicory as a salad garnish due to the leaves’ bitter flavor. Serving with salt counteracts the bitterness and makes the radicchio’s high sugar content stand out.

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At a glance

Light requirements: Full sun.

Planting: Space 12 to 20 inches apart, depending on variety. (See listing above or check stick tag that comes with the plant for specific spacing recommendations.)

Soil requirements: Lavender demands well-drained soil with a pH of 6.7 to 7.3. To improve soil drainage, add builder’s sand or small limestone gravel, or tuck plants into raised beds or atop a stone wall.

Water requirements: Lavender prefers drier soil. Heavy, wet soil, especially in winter, can kill plants.

Frost-fighting plan: Lavender is perennial in some zones; see listing above for specific zones. Hardier English lavender can tolerate temperatures as low as 23° F.

Common issues: Lavender thrives in heat, but humidity can lead to fungus issues in some varieties. Plant where air circulation is good, and thin plants as you harvest blooms or stems. Add rock mulch to enhance moisture evaporation beneath plants. Lavender is generally pest-free.

Harvesting: Pick lavender leaves and stems at any point in the growing season. Best color occurs before buds open; fragrance strengthens as flowers mature. Avoid creating bare spots when clipping.

Storage: Dried lavender retains its fragrance for months. Fresh stems last in water five to seven days. For longer storage, dry or freeze leaves.

For more information, visit the Lavender page in our How to Grow section.