Licorice Fern (Polypodium Glycyrrhiza) also known as Many-footed Fern, is an evergreen perennial fern in the Fern Family (Polypodiaceae). It’s native to western North America. It’s a non-flowering plant that reproduces by spores under the leaves. It grows 1-2 ft. long on very thin layers of soil, on river rock walls, on rocks and on trees in Forests. It tolerates moist to dry soils and partial shade/sun exposure.
Licorice-flavored rhizomes were used medicinally as a treatment for cold and sore throats.