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American Licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota Pursh)

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Native or Not Present
Introduced or Not Present
Native or Expanded
Expanded or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This species has occasionally been planted for rehabilitation of degraded lands, and is also occasionally grown in gardens. It can escape into the wild, where it thrives in pastures due to its resistance to grazing. It can also colonize disturbed areas including railroads and roadsides. We mark new populations expanded west of Ohio, but mark eastern populations introduced because there is a significant gap in its range between Indiana and upstate New York. However, this designation is subjective; we may update it if it turns out that this species has filled in gaps in its range.