Wild Liquorice - Astragalus glycyphyllos


    Medium to tall straggling plant, with 4 to 6 pairs of leaflets, oval to elliptical, blunt but often with a tiny point. Flowers are pale cream or yellowish green 11 to 15 mm long in dense, short-stalked racemes.

    Similar Species

    In leaf, goat's-rue and crown vetch are similar (but with very different flowers)

    Identification difficulty

    Rough grassy habitats.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain but rather uncommon.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 6 of the 617 tetrads.

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