Glycyrrhiza Species, American Licorice, Nuttall's Licorice, Wild Licorice

Glycyrrhiza lepidota

Family: Fabaceae (fab-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Glycyrrhiza (gly-ky-RY-zuh) (Info)
Species: lepidota (lep-PID-oh-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Vegetables

Groundcovers

Herbs

Perennials

Shrubs

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Shiny/Glossy

Smooth

Succulent

Foliage Color:

Bronze

Blue-Green

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Scarify seed before sowing

By air layering

By tip layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Seaside, California

MILILANI, Hawaii

Wahiawa, Hawaii

Austin, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 23, 2005, zsnp from Pensacola, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Aromatic, glandular plant. Hardy to zone 3.

Common along streams, in Ontario, MT, MN, CA, AZ, AR, TX, and Mexico. This plant is suitable for prairie gardens and perennial borders along water streams. Wild licorice not only being used in herbal medicine, it is being used as a natural sugar substitute for use in flavoring candy, cough drops, root beer, meat products, and dairy desserts.

The roots of wild licorice can be eaten, raw or cooked. They are long, sweet and fleshy, and when slow roasted are said to taste like sweet potatoes. They can be used as a flavoring in other foods as well and can also be chewed raw as a masticatory, making an excellent tooth cleaner and also very good for teething children. The root contains 6% glycyrrhizin, a substance that is 5... read more

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