Wild Licorice Plant
Wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota Pursh, Fabaceae) is an erect perennial that grows to 1 - 1.5 m tall, from deep, woody rhizomes that have a licorice flavour.
The sweet-tasting roots of wild licorice were once important medicine to the Indigenous. The roots were used for many conditions including diarrhea, stomach ache, toothache, coughs, sore throat, fever, and the flu. The roots are edible and taste like sweet potatoes when roasted slowly. The compound responsible for the sweetness is glycyrrhizin, a substance 50 times as sweet as sugar.