Liquorice is easy to grow, but does prefer full sun and well drained soils. This hardy plant develops a spreading habit, with an extensive branching root system so give it 1-3 meters of space. The roots are brown, straight and wrinkled, with yellow inside. Once settled, the plants are hardy and will tolerate dry conditions. Roots can be harvested at any time of the year, but may take 2-3 years to reach a worth while size of 1-5 cm. The flowering plant, zinnia is popular as a companion to liquorice due to its insect attracting qualities. It helps attract pollinators and deters predators. Since it is very hardy, it can grow in the same location as licorice.
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