Licorice Plant

Licorice: Helichrysum Petiolare

Helichrysum (hel-ih-KRY-sum) petiolare, commonly known as the Licorice Plant, comes from South Africa with approximately 245 species. This particular plant featured is a Helichrysum Petiolare. It is a mound-forming, trailing plant often used in container gardening. It is usually grown as an annual in the United States. The plant has round leaves covered with fuzzy, silver-gray hairs. It is an herbaceous plant used for medicinal purposes for coughs, colds and infections, asthma, chest problems, and high blood pressure. The leaves are often used on wounds to prevent infection. Inhaling the smoke of burning leaves is known to help relieve pain. It is drought-tolerant, deer resistant, suitable for xeriscaping, and easy to grow. It can be propogated from cuttings or from seed sown in the fall.

Annual, Groundcover, Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub

:  6-12 inches

:  18-24 inches

:  Zones 9-11

Sun Exposure
:  Full sun to part shade

Silver/gray, herbaceous

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