Licorice, Official (Glycyrrhiza glabra) seeds, Organic

(2 customer reviews)


Family: Legume (Fabaceae)

Hardy to zones 7 to 11

Herbaceous perennial native to the Mediterranean and to Russia.  True, sweet variety.  Traditional usage (TWM): demulcent, expectorant, flavoring agent, chronic fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, gastric ulcer.   Plant prefers full sun and dry, alkaline soils.  Inoculate soil with rhizobium inoculant for best results.  Once established, the plants shoot up like a young willow thicket, setting erect lilac flowers that give way to the smooth pods.  The part used is the stoloniferous root, which can be harvested after 2 or 3 years of growth.  Plant prefers full sun and dry, alkaline soils.  Scarify the seed and sow in warm, fast-draining soil.  Work up in pots. Thin or transplant seedlings to 2 to 3 feet apart. Can take years to establish a good plot. This is a great crop for people in Arizona, or at elevation in California, or any other place where the weather is clear, high and hot.

Packet contains 20 seeds
1 g contains ~117 seeds
5 g contains ~585 seeds
10 g contains ~1,170 seeds
Certified organically grown


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  1. jenniferjoray

    Fast germination

    jenniferjoray (verified owner)

    I’m so excited! I followed Richo’s recommendations from his YouTube video on germination tips, and I scarified then soaked my licorice seeds overnight prior to planting. I could see a little root pointing out of one end of several seeds the next day, and several had plumped up nicely. Rather than re-scarify the seeds which didn’t plump, I just planted them all in a 4” pot and put them in our 72 degree F germination chamber. Four seeds had sprouted in only a day or two; hooray! I’m sure more are on their way. It’s so exciting to see new life and to know I’ve had a hand in getting it started. Unfortunately here in Maine zone 5, I’ll have to bring the potted licorice inside for the winter and hope it survives. I’ll leave it in the greenhouse for the heat of the season. It’ll be fun to harvest if it lives a few years in a 7-gallon pot.

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