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9386 Congress Street Ext
Trumansburg, NY, 14886
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Edible Acres is a permaculture nursery and food forest farm located in Trumansburg, NY.  Focused on perennial, hardy, useful, edible and resilient plants, we use low and no tech solutions to grow out hundreds of different types of plants for our community and beyond!  We're excited to share what we do with you!

Wild Licorice

Plants for Fall 2019 Shipping

Your order placed now will be collected, carefully packaged and shipped as bare root plants as soon as we enter dormancy this fall. This normally begins mid to late October and into early November. We’ll email you shipping confirmation and tracking details as soon as they ship! Since our nursery is outdoors and based on nature our timing is dependent on the weather.

TIP: Use the tags above to help filter our offerings by characteristic (ie. click on ‘fruit’ to find any fruit bearing plants we offer, etc.) As we add more and more it is a helpful way to find a plant to fit your goals…

Wild Licorice

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Wild Licorice


Glycyrrhiza Lepidota
Wild Licorice is a very hardy, native, nitrogen fixing pioneer ready to work. We started seeds of them a few years ago and have seen the small plants really lock into position and begin ‘running’ and spreading in the nursery. Perhaps a tricky plant to establish with other more delicate and slow growing herbaceous plants, but incredibly promising as a nitrogen producing and nutrient accumulating support plant.

This is the native licorice, not the cultivated licorice that most folks know (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) which is only hardy to zone 7. This native is hardy to extremely cold winters and still produces a very sweet, edible and medicinal root. Most sources indicate fully safe for food and medicinal consumption, with a warning that it is possible to over consume this plant. Portion control :)

We’ll continue to trial conditions and applications where Wild Licorice can really benefit the permaculture garden.

Two detailed articles to explore for more information:

2’ tall or a little more at peak and running/spreading habit

Site Preference:
Pioneer species. Enjoys moist and well drained soils but seems tolerant of a wide range. Fuller sun is ideal. It builds fertility so low fertility site is not a problem.

We only found one source that indicates Zone 3a hardy… However, it is native to most of the US and far into Canada. An article about growing Wild Licorice in Manitoba, Canada should be an indicator of how hardy it is!

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