Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis
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"Yunnan Liquorice"


Good for cutting

Perfect for pots

Loved by pollinators

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Packed in peat-free compost

Hardy throughout the UK


Let Yunnan Liquorice into your borders and it will reward you with a long season of curious charm! Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis is a resilient hardy perennial with plenty to give – fine pinnate leaves adorn slender, woody, upright stems from spring to autumn, coupled with pale purple flower clusters in early summer. From late summer the old flowers form fuzzy green seedheads, which develop a pinkish-purple hue in autumn. Once the seedheads have been through the purple fuzzy phase they dry out into spiky golden-brown balls which last over winter as pretty frost-catchers and hidey-holes for insects.

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis is easy to grow and, as a perennial, it will return every year. After you have enjoyed the winter seedheads, you can cut the stems back down to almost ground level and they will throw out fresh new stems in spring. They can grow quite tall (up to 1.5m once established) so they’re ideal for a space near the back of a border or as a partial screen. Yunnan Liquorice also makes great cutting material, the seedheads during autumn and winter will pad out your posy with an alternative texture, shape and contrast!


Brown-green with pinkish hues


90-150 cm / 36-60"

Planting season:


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Botanical name:

Glycyrrhiza yunnanensis

Light requirements:

Partial shade / full sun

Soil moisture:

Any soil, well-drained





  • Soak the roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting out
  • Plant your Glycyrrhiza bare roots into temporary pots in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors
  • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots
  • Plant the roots so that they are fully submerged with the shoots just below the surface or any top growth exposed
  • Plant in borders or containers in early summer once in full growth
  • Space the Yunnan Liquorice plants 15-25cm apart
  • Water-in after planting and keep hydrated when in growth

    Read more in our planting guide
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