Chicory is a perennial herb used largely for grazing. It is very high in minerals, drought tolerant and has anthelmintic properties (helps to reduce liver fluke and worms in deer and grazing livestock).
If left untouched, chicory will bolt and can grow up to 7ft, providing excellent cover from birds of prey. In winter the tall plants tend to lean over, providing a thick mass of material with a network of tunnels and runways.
It has its uses for temporary hedging. It is easily destroyed and easy to establish, it is widely used as a windbreak and is planted in narrow strips for temporary hedging after six months growth.