February 4, 2023
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis seed-head

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis is also known as Yunnan Licorice, Yunnan Licorice, Chinese Licorice, Chinese Licorice, or Japanese Licorice. It is an upright, deciduous, herbaceous perennial. Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis belongs to the Fabaceae family of plants. It is native to China, more precisely the province of Yunnan 云南. Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis foliage is bright green. The leaves are long with small leaflets.

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis flowers are lavender. It flowers in the summer. Then it produces a spiky fruit or seedhead in autumn. They transform through the seasons. They start as green and change to purple and then brown. I think the most special aspect of Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis is the flowers but even more so the seed-heads. They look very exotic and they last through winter months adding interest to the landscape.

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis seed-head

How to grow Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis:

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis grows to about 1.2m or 4ft. Grow Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist and fertile soil that is also well-drained. Propagate by seed or division. Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis requires very little pruning or none at all. It is easy to maintain. It is generally pest-free and disease-free.

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

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