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Picture of Wild licorice Plant press of Wild licorice
Wild licorice
Glycyrrhiza lepidota (Nutt.) Pursh.


Plant Description:

  • Upright legume growing up to 1 m tall
  • Leaves are composed of up to 20 sword-shaped leaflets
  • Yellow-white flowers are in compact spikes on stems and turn into hard brown fruits similar to Velcro (This is how Velcro was believed to have been invented)
  • The roots taste like licorice
  • Found in open-forests, along ditches, roadsides and dry, sandy slopes and prairies
  • Found at Stops 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9


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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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