Licorice Root

Licorice root is shrubby perennial and is a member of the legume family.

Licorice root, a shrubby perennial that bears bluish-purple flowers in summer, is a member of the legume family. A native of the Mediterranean, it grows well in hot, dry areas. The roots are the edible portion of the plant, producing flavoring for candies and a sweetener that quenches thirst. Dried roots are sometimes used as chew sticks. The plant spreads by rhizomes, so it can be easily divided to start new plants. It is not related to the ornamental annual called licorice plant (Helichrysum). 

Licorice Root Overview

Genus Name Glycyrrhiza glabra
Common Name Licorice Root
Plant Type Herb, Shrub
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 3 to 8 feet
Width 3 to 4 feet
Flower Color Blue, Purple
Season Features Summer Bloom
Special Features Cut Flowers
Zones 10, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Division, Stem Cuttings
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