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
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.