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Liquorice

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Liquorice is part of the Glycyrrhiza genus. Its scientific name is Glycyrrhiza glabra.

The liquorice plant is a legume (related to beans and peas), native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is not related to Anise, Star Anise or Fennel, which are the source of superficially similar flavouring compounds. It is an herbaceous perennial, growing to 1 m in height. 1

The flavour of liquorice comes mainly from a sweet-tasting compound called anethole, an aromatic, unsaturated ether compound also found in anise, fennel, and other herbs. Additional sweetness in liquorice comes from glycyrrhizic acid, an anti-viral compound sweeter than sugar. 1

It is a herb and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Normally grows with a forb habit.

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How to grow Liquorice

Growing Liquorice from seed

Transplanting Liquorice

Liquorice grows best in deep, fertile, well-drained soils, with full sun, and is harvested in the autumn, two to three years after planting. 1

Companion plants for Liquorice

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Liquorice so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Liquorice

These plants will not grow well with Liquorice so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Liquorice problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Liquorice plants:

Other names for Liquorice

Cultivated licorice, Spanish licorice, European licorice, Licorice

Glycyrrhiza glabra L.

Misspellings: Liquorice

Liquorice care instructions

How long does Liquorice take to grow?

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