Italian dandelion or chicory is a yellow flowered Italian dandelion. The slightly bitter flavoured Italian dandelion looks similar to the field dandelion but is larger and has slightly more jagged leaves and less stringy stalks. It is a form of chicory which grows well in pots. It is used in salads or may be cooked. Cultivated versions include radicchio, forced white chicons of chicory and endives. Names of different types of chicory are often confused, so you may find that the leaves of Italian chicory, which carries a blue flower.