Chinese Licorice

Licorice, Chinese

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Slightly woody herb has compound leaves with oil glands. Flowers white to violet-blue. Roots may be harvested the 3rd or 4th year. Root contains up to 24% glycyrrhizin, a substance 50 times sweeter than sugar. (Glycyrrhiza uralensis)

Medicinal: Corticosteroid action, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, expectorant, demulcent. May cause hypertension if overused.

Growing instructions: Perennial in zones 5-10. Soak seeds in cold water for 12-24 hr, dip in 160°F water for 10 minutes, scarify by rubbing between sandpaper, or stratify 6 weeks. Germination in 14+ days. Germination is erratic, seedlings develop slowly. Transplant or direct sow in spring. Full sun or part shade. Slightly alkaline, moist, rich sandy loam is best. Grows 6-12" tall. Space 9" apart.

Packet: 0.45 g - approximately 45 seeds