Glycyrrhiza uralensis
Chinese Licorice, Gan-cao

Glycyrrhiza uralensis, Chinese Licorice, Gan-cao

This perennial is direct-seeded after soaking the seeds. A root medicine, licorice grows well in soft alkaline soils, spreading rhizomes out from the original plant. It is best to dedicate a plot for licorice only as it spreads vigorously underground each year, sending up delicate foliage from new roots.

Grow specs: Space plants 1 1/2 feet apart. 1 1/2 feet tall, and spreading. Rich, sandy, well drained soil. Full sun. Traditional uses have been for weak spleen and stomach energy, coughs, ulcers, hepatitis and as a detoxicant for food and medicine poisoning. It is often used in Chinese medicine to mediate the medicinal character of other herbs.

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