Glycyrrhiza glabra 3-4' tall. Sweet and soothing roots are used to revitalize adrenal glands, treat colds and bronchitis, reduce throat irritation, yet act as an expectorant and anti-spasmodic. Adds sweetness, harmony and palatability to nearly every herbal combination.
Culpeper’s Complete Herbal from 1653 advises that “by many years continuance in a place without removing…will bring forth flowers, many standing together spike fashion, one above another upon the stalk, of the form of pease blossoms, but of a very pale blue colour.”
Leguminous plant fixes nitrogen. Give it lots of room and keep it weeded so it can create the roots and runners you want. Roots penetrate deeply and take complete possession of the soil. Runners sometimes travel great distances before sending up a shoot—if the soil is loose you can pull up errant runners, coiling them like rope to hang in wreaths above the woodstove, convenient for winter teas. You can interplant small vegetables like onions, lettuce and beans during the first and second years of growth as licorice fills in.
Plant 24-36" apart in sandy well-drained soil. Full sun. Mulch to prevent heaving. Roots attain harvestable size in 3 to 4 years. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z4. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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These plants have long histories of traditional medicinal use. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.