Wild Licorice

Wild Licorice-00


Legume Family : Fabaceae

Latin Name : Glycyrrhiza lepidota
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – good
Livestock – poor

Remarks :

Growth 1 to 4 feet tall, flowers May to August. Roots can go down 8 to 10 feet. Will form dense colonies, reproduces by rhizomes and seeds. Deer will consume the leaves and upland birds will eat the seeds. The Pawnee and Dakota used an infusion of wild licorice leaves to treat ear aches and gave a decoction of the root to alleviate children’s fevers. The Lakota would chew the root to sooth toothaches. Adapted to moist open sites such as prairie draws, ravines and stream banks.