The original licorice stick
is simply a dried root of this plant-still a sought-after treat.
Amazingly sweet roots are harvested in third year.Fine-flavored demulcent and expectorant, used in treating chronic fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, and ulcers.
Also potent anti-inflammatory. Catalyst for other herbs. Easy to grow in sun.
BOTANICAL NAME: Glycyrrhiza glabra
Start in flats, transplant into well-drained garden soil and full sun or partial shade. Prefers sandy soil. Needs moderate watering, likes heat. Overwinters in zones 6-10. in colder zones, dig the roots and replant in spring. To germinate, rub the seeds lightly on sandpaper or nick with a sharp blade, then soak overnight. Seeds should swell. Plant swollen seeds and re-soak the small hard ones, or nick again. Harvest roots 2nd or 3rd year.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 7-10/Height to 6'/Spacing 3'
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Photo Credit: Raffi Kojian at Gardenology.org