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Wild Liquorice

Astragalus glycyphyllos

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Fabales
Family:
Fabaceae (Pea)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, roadsides, scrub, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 5 petals
 
A dense, short-spiked spike of creamy yellowish-green flowers. Long, narrow and pointed sepals. Flowers have many pale green stripes, unnoticeable from a distance. 10 stamens. Pollinated by bees, butterflies and moths.
Fruit:
Long, flattened, inflated pea pods. About 10 peas per pod. Sharp-tipped. The seeds ripen from August to October.
Leaves:
A straggling, limp-looking perennial with alternate leaves divided into 4 to 6 pairs of oblong, oval, minutely toothed leaflets. The leaflets (2 to 4cm long) have a few forward-curved veins. The stems are zigzagged. Hairless. Prefers chalky soils.
Aroma:
Sweet-smelling.
Other Names:
Liquorice Milkvetch, Milk Vetch, Wild Licorice.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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