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Glycyrrhiza echinata - L.

Common Name Wild Liquorice, Chinese licorice
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Muddy places by rivers[45].
Range S. Europe.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (3 of 5)
Care (info)
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Glycyrrhiza echinata Wild Liquorice, Chinese licorice


Glycyrrhiza echinata Wild Liquorice, Chinese licorice

 

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Physical Characteristics

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Glycyrrhiza echinata is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses: Sweetener  Tea

Root - raw or cooked. Very fibrous, it is often boiled to extract the sugars and is a source of Russian and German liquorice[183]. It is used as a confection, a sweetener and medicinally[2, 105, 177]. A delicious sweet flavour[K]. The dried root is often used for chewing, it is especially useful for teething children and as a tooth cleaner[K]. The root contains glycyrrhizin, a substance that is 50 times sweeter than sugar. A tea made from the roots is an excellent thirst quencher.

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Medicinal Uses

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Alterative  Expectorant  Tonic

The root is alterative, expectorant and tonic. It is usually mixed with other herbs, partly at least to improve their taste[178].

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Other Uses

Nitrogen fixer. Dynamic accumulator.

Special Uses

Dynamic accumulator  Food Forest  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Requires a deep well cultivated fertile moisture-retentive soil for good root production[200]. Prefers a sandy soil with abundant moisture[238]. A slightly alkaline soil produces the best plants[238]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Cultivated for its medicinal root in S. Europe[50]. Unless seed is required, the plant is usually prevented from flowering so that it puts more energy into producing good quality roots[238]. A very deep-rooted plant, it can be difficult to eradicate once it is established[238]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow spring or autumn in a greenhouse[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on for their first winter in a greenhouse. Plant out in late spring or early summer when in active growth. Plants are rather slow to grow from seed[238]. Division of the root in spring or autumn. Each division must have at least one growth bud. Autumn divisions can either be replanted immediately or stored in clamps until the spring and then be planted out[200]. It is best to pt up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a cold frame until they are established before planting them out in the spring or summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Glycyrrhiza aspera Perennial0.3 0-0  LMSNM100
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Glycyrrhiza lepidotaAmerican LiquoricePerennial1.0 3-8  LMSNM433
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Glycyrrhiza uralensisGan CaoPerennial0.6 5-9  LMHSNM343
Polypodium glycyrrhizaLicorice FernFern0.5 6-9  LMHSNM12 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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