Spotlight On: Licorice
Scientific Name: Helichrysum petiolare
Common Name: Licorice
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Time: Summer
Foliage Color: Silver, Lemon yellow, Lime green, Variegated
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Despite its common name, this has nothing to do with the delicious candy that we all love to snack on during summer road trips. Licorice plant is a beautiful vine used in container gardening during the summer months. It’s silver fuzzy foliage adds a new pop of color to pots, breaking away from the usual green leaves of most plants.
Plant licorice in a sunnier area, with well-drained soil, and it will fill in and happily trail down your pots as the perfect “spiller.” Licorice comes in a few different varieties, some with a lemon-lime color for their foliage and others a variegated with different shades of green on each leaf, but they are all the unique fuzzy leaf that licorice is known for.
Licorice can be a great plant to use in fall planters, especially around Halloween, as the grey color looks great with the deep purples and blues used to create spooky pot.