White Licorice

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The white-flocked leaves of the White Licorice (Helichrysum petiolare 'White Licorice') are sought-after annual container accents and spillers! These exhibit vigorous bushy, yet trailing growth and elegant silver-frosted foliage.

This plant will let you do a little to get a lot. Licorice plants are exceptionally easy to grow, requiring little fertilizer. The White Licorice has fine foliage and is a compact grower. There are no flowers unless White Licorice is grown in frost-free climates, then you will enjoy tiny white flowers.

While not an actual Licorice Root, the foliage does have a slight licorice scent in the sun, lending its common name! This plant will let you do a little to get a lot! Licorice plants are exceptionally easy to grow, requiring little fertilizer. The White Licorice has fine foliage and is a compact grower. Annual accents throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8, and semi to fully evergreen perennial plants in USDA planting zones 9 to 11.

Planting and Application:

This plant is an excellent choice for hanging baskets, window boxes, or mixed containers as a filler and spiller element. Adding unique color accents to white, light green, lavender, pink and blue flowers! The cool silvery color shines and glistens in the sun. White Licorice is especially useful in mixed containers as it tends to grow outward which makes a planter or basket look larger and fuller! 

These annuals can be perennials in hot climates, growing up to a foot tall and spreading as facer plants, silvery edging, and garden filler! Add to Moon Gardens, along sunny pathways, and anywhere you need a glint of sterling! Let them trail down retaining walls and throughout rockeries in the sun.

  • Silver Fuzzy Soft Foliage
  • Annual Foliage Accents
  • Trailing Mounding Form
  • Great in Containers, Window Boxes, Hanging Baskets & Mixed Planters
  • Wonderful Silvery Touchably Soft Accent

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Growing in sun and part shade, these plants need excellent drainage and moderate, yet regular moisture needs. Northern growers can use these plants as annual accents, even keeping cuttings to root over the winter for next year, but warm climates can simply let them overwinter in the ground and clean the mounds in the early spring.

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Very Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture & Low Once Established
  • Clean Mounds Early Spring
  • Heat Tolerant Plants

Easy to grow sterling and fuzzy, the pretty White Licorice Plant adds unique foliage, fragrance, and touchably soft leaves to your annual containers and warm climate landscapes! Order now at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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White Licorice Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8 (9-11 outdoors)
Growing Zones 3-8 (9-11 outdoors)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Helichrysum petiolare 'White Licorice'
Type Annual
Mature Height 8 - 12 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 20 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast, Medium
Foliage Silvery Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes