Etymology: Glycyrrhiza: from Greek glykys, "sweet," and rhiza, "a root," and referring to the root of G. glabra which is the source of commercial licorice
Plants: perennial, up to 40" tall forb, younger parts and bottom of leaflets covered with dot-like glands; clone forming, creeping roots
Leaves: pinnately-divided into an odd number of leaflets (11-19)
Flowers: pale yellow to bluish, 5-parted, 1/2" long; inflorescence a dense, conical-shaped cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers, clusters near or below the upper leaves; blooms May-June
Fruits: brown, 1/2" pod with hooked prickles
Habitat: moist; prairies and along railroads
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3, Wetland Indicator = FACU- WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"