The word liquorice means "sweet root." The liquorice plant has stems 3 to 4 feet high, with small blue, violet, or white flowers, and the roots are sometimes half an inch thick and a yard long. It is cultivated in the south of Europe, chiefly in Spain and Italy. The roots are much used by porter-brewers. Spanish liquorice or liquorice juice is largely imported from the south of Europe in rolls or sticks, packed in bay leaves, or in the form of an extract run into boxes of about 2 cwt. each.