Glycyrrhiza lepidota

 
wild licorice - Glycyrrhiza lepidota 09JL23-1
 
wild licorice - Glycyrrhiza lepidota 09JL23-2

characteristics

Pale green leaves with short spikes of green to white flowers on long stalks. Fruit: a brown bur-like pod with hooked prickles. Pods catch on animal hair or clothing thus dispersing seed. Seed is sometimes infested by the bruchid beetle. Rhizomes are deep and spreading. Roots have a distinct licorice flavour. Circumpolar.

52,688 seeds/pound; starts from seed.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P W 1.0 1.0 S/PS F-M-C M •• - 5.5-8.0 green-pale grey cream-green

habitat

Riverbanks, roadsides, shrubby coulees, irrigation canals and waste areas.

uses

Roots eaten by plains gophers, foliage eaten by deer; birds and rodents eat the seeds.

Used as a natural sweetener in a variety of products; unfortunately threatened by over harvesting.

Medicinal use since 465 A.D.; so valued it was buried with King Tutankhamen.

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