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A picture of a Glycyrrhiza


Glycyrrhiza spp.

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (4007533989) by Matt Lavin (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Glycyrrhiza glabra inflorescence
Glycyrrhiza pallidiflora


Genus contains around 21 hardy perennials that typically flower in summer. These originate from a diverse range of habitats, from dry scrubland to wet, swampy environments. They are mainly grown for their roots, from which sweet liquorice is derived. Flowers are white and pea-like, produced on unbranched stems. Foliage is sticky and divided pinnately.