Chickory is an introduced alien plant
Look for the beautiful, mirage-like haze along the roadsides from midsummer through early autumn.
Chickory is a tough perennial - our only representative of the genus Cichorium, which is in turn a member of the vast Asteraceae family. I do not know when it arrived in ths country - but due to its longstanding reputation as a coffee additive (or substitute in hard times), I'm guessing it's been with us for at least 100 years. I don't know much about it but it is the roots that used to be dried, roasted and ground up to stretch the coffee supply.