Download Seed: The smooth brown seeds of American licorice are 3-4 mm long. (59 KB)
Download Seed: Two month old American licorice seedling grown in research garden at SDSU. (72 KB)
Download Seed: Leaves are 8-10 cm long and have 7-21 leaflets. (49 KB)
Download Flowering: The flowers create a spikelike raceme. (53 KB)
Download Fruiting: Fruit pods of American licorice in mid August. (45 KB)
Native American Name
Dakota: "Wi-nawizi (*Wee naweezee)"
Glycyrrhiza lepidota is a(n) perennial herbaceous, which grows 3 dm to 10 dm in height. This species is commonly found pastures, prairies, disturbed areas, native to Pacific coast states. South to Mexico, north to Ontario and east to New York. In South Dakota, this plant can be found in waste places, draws, woods, prairies, and pastures. The leaves are alternate. Glycyrrhiza lepidota has pink red-purple flowers that bloom from June to August.