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The soft colors and textures of the licorice plant make it a great backdrop for colored blossoms. This plant is much tougher than it looks. Its fuzzy leaves have a few added benefits—on top of looking nice, the leaves also prevent pests from bothering the plant.
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Part Sun, Sun
1 to 3 feet
1 to 2 feet wide
Licorice Plant Colors
Generally, licorice plant comes in silver or white but can also be found in a variety of soft hues of green, gold, or variegated foliage. It actually get its light coloring from numerous dense hairs that cover all parts of the plant. These hairs are white and make the plant nice and soft—a great plant for curious kids to touch.
Licorice Plant Care
While it is most commonly grown as an annual, licorice plant is actually a woody tropical perennial. Licorice plant is a fast grower and likes as much sun as it can get. In part shade, plants can become leggy and will need more pruning to keep from looking messy. Shade-grown plants won't look quite as silvery, as the hairs are not as dense when grown in shade. In the heat of the summer, the leaves of this plant may occasionally exude the smell of licorice, hence its common name.
When you are looking for a home for your licorice plant, make sure to plant it in well-drained soil. Licorice plant does not appreciate sitting in too much water. If it does, your plant may begin to rot. Once your plant is established, it is quite drought-tolerant, though it does appreciate regular watering.
Because this plant is actually a perennial, it won't bloom unless you live in a tropical environment and are able to overwinter it. If it does bloom, flowers are small and white. Many gardeners remove them as they feel the flowers take away from the overall beauty of the plant. In a few of the more tropical locations in the U.S., some reports indicate this plant can reseed aggressively and become mildly invasive. So make sure to check with local authorities before planting this as a perennial in a tropical landscape.
The semi-trailing or cascading growth habit of this plant makes it good to use in containers and hanging baskets. Some varieties have a more upright habit, so if your intended use is specifically as a trailing plant, make sure to check a plant's habit before you purchase. Licorice plant handles pruning well; it is a good idea to give trailing varieties a pinch early on in their growth to encourage good branching.