Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Perennial growing to 1.2 (4’) high with a 1m (3’3”) spread. Prefers a well-cultivated, soil-retentive soil for good root production. Pea-like flowers appear in summer, but these are removed unless seed is required in order to allow the plant’s energy to be directed into root production. Can be slow to establish in it's first year, but is well worth the wait. Attractive blue flowers develop in late summer. It grows to a height of between 1.5 metres and 2 metres with a spread of 1 metre. Thrives in our UK climate. Liquorice is a nitrogen-fixing plant. As well as being used as a sweet due to its component Glycyrrhizic acid which is 50 times sweeter than sugar, liquorice root is also a valuable medicinal herb. It is one of the most used herbs in Western herbal medicine. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is thought to be effective in a whole host of conditions from arthritis to coughs and chest complaints. Liquorice has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Always seek professional advice before using a herb medicinally


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