$4.95 – $6.95
photo credit: Robert Tatina @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS.jpg
Soil: Hydric (Moist) to Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Sun to Part Shade
Flowers: Give rise to conspicuous clusters of reddish brown, hooked spiny fruit pods.
Leaves: Pinnately compound leaves are thick, smooth and somewhat glossy
This is a particularly nice plant for use in any learning garden as there are so many interesting uses and facts about this plant. Mostly found on clay soils, but grows well on deep loose sandy gravelly soils, as well! This is a salt tolerant plant and it’s roots are rhizomatous.
Medicinal Uses: The roots are said to sooth a tooth ache when chewed. A tea can be made to relieve coughs and sore throats and had many other medicinal uses!
Food Uses: Used for flavoring
Other Uses: Is the host plant for the larval stage of the Silver-Spotted Skipper and a nectar source for the adult. Seeds are eaten by upland game birds.
Other Names: American Licorice