Chinese Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Flower Color: Red
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Roots
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
P (Phosphorus)

Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Feb 8, 2019 12:25 PM

In China the root is widely used as a detoxifier, and is often mixed in with other herbal remedies. Other claimed benefits: anti-inflammatory, antioxident, antibacterial, antiviral, digestive support. Has been used in cough medicines as an expectorant and in cold and flu preparations.

Side effects may include raised blood pressure, water retention, and low potassium levels. If you are thinking about consuming the roots of this plant, you should research it before doing so, especially if you have high blood pressure or heart disease.

There are a host of other herbal/medicinal uses for this root as well as additional side effects.

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