I had never even heard of Licorice Bedstraw before I encountered this plant. It is a small, unassuming plant with small white flowers that I had probably walked past a number of times before I ever noticed it. The leaves are quite distinctive, but you really have to keep your eyes open to spot it. Like the other Bedstraws, it has tiny white four-petaled flowers, so it’s not hard to identify if you really want to.
The leaves do smell like licorice. I haven’t seen it in any of the edible guides, so don’t go tasting it unless you’re very adventurous. If you do eat it and survive, please leave a comment on this site. If you eat it and don’t survive, please have your next of kin leave a comment so the rest of us know not to try it.