Glycyrrhiza glabra3-4' 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. Z4. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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Medicinal and Culinary Herbs
These plants have long histories of traditional culinary and medicinal uses. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog and website 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.
Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock immediately. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. Store plants in their packaging in a cool (35–40°) location until you are ready to plant. If it’s going to be awhile, you can pot up your perennials.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.