Wild liquorice

Astragalus glycyphyllos

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Wild liquorice is a member of the pea family, often found on calcareous grasslands.

How to identify

A sprawling plant, often quite large, with kinked stems. The flowers are creamy white or slightly green and have the typical 5-petalled pea or vetch-type flower.

Where to find it

Widespread but thinly distributed throughout England, eastern Scotland and north-east Wales. Can be found in a range of habitats including woods and scrub but particularly calcareous grasslands.


When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August

How can people help

Wild liquorice is a plant of lightly grazed unimproved grasslands, fast becoming a rare sight in the UK due to development, diffuse pollution or agricultural improvement. By being a member of your local Wildlife Trust you can help us protect our existing reserves, purchase new sites and advise landowners on how to sympathetically manage their hay meadows.

Species information

Common name
Wild liquorice
Latin name
Astragalus glycyphyllos