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The wonderfully soft colors and textures of the licorice plant act as a great backdrop to bright-color blooms. They also pair well with other soft-color plants to make a delightfully understated palette. These plants are much tougher than they look—the fuzzy leaves protect the plant from pests!
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Part Sun, Sun
1 to 3 feet
1-2 feet wide
Licorice plant comes in a variety of subtle colors that work well with many color palettes. Most commonly, these plants are silver or white; although there are several variations of soft greens, golds, and variegated foliage. Licorice plants get their coloring from dense hairs covering the plant. These hairs are white and make the plants look as though they have been felted. It also makes them soft and a great plant for curious kids to touch.
Licorice Plant Care Must-Knows
Though commonly grown as an annual, licorice plant is actually a woody, tropical perennial. It is a fast-growing plant that thrives in the sun. In part shade, plants can become long and need to be pruned more often. In the heat of the summer, the leaves may occasionally exude the smell of licorice, hence its common name. Licorice plants are perfect for planting a beautiful window box in the sun.
When looking for a home for your licorice plant, make sure it has well-drained soil to live in. Once plants are established, they are drought tolerant, but do appreciate regular watering. Licorice plants will rot if drowned.
Because this plant is actually a perennial, you won't see it bloom unless you live in a tropical environment and keep the plants outdoors all year. If they do bloom, flowers are small, white, and fairly insignificant.
Cascading growth makes them ideal to use in containers (like this dramatic foliage container garden) and hanging baskets. Some varieties have a more upright habit; double-check the characteristics of yours. Licorice plant likes a good prune; give trailing varieties a pinch early in their growth to encourage good branching. See some easy, all-foliage container recipes.