Wild Licorice

Glycyrrhiza lepidota

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Wild Licorice is a flowering shrub that grows from 1.5 to 3.5 feet tall. Its stems are smooth, erect and branched. Wild Licorice leaves are smooth and attached to the stem in an alternating pattern. Its flowers are on short stalks and crowded on the terminal spikes. Wild Licorice flowers are yellowish-white and bloom from June to August.

American Licorice is found in sites that range from moist to moderately dry, usually in rich soil. It is found in much of temperate America. It is commonly found in areas that are disturbed, woods, draws and depressions.

The American Licorice is used as food and medicine for diarrhea, upset stomach, flu, earache. In some cases, people chew it to get rid of toothache.

1. plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_glle3.pdf
2. gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/glycyrrhiza/lepidota/
3. pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Glycyrrhiza+lepidota

Author: Caroline Racca Age: 13

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  3. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycyrrhiza_lepidota

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