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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.1 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

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

See our list of companion Plants for Liquorice to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

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

Common Liquorice problems

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

Liquorice Etymology

The latin ‘glabra’ means “smooth”.2

Liquorice Folklore & Trivia

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.

Used medicinally to treat cold symptoms.3

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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