Licorice can be found growing in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. It tends to grow best in areas that are dry, sunny, hot climates that receive a relatively low annual rainfall of around 500mm-650mm. While the climate may be hot and dry, the plant prefers to grow in areas with adequate soil moisture.

The licorice plant is also capable of growing in other climates as well. Licorice is able to grow in areas where the mean annual rainfall falls between 400 mm and 1160 mm, the mean annual temperature ranges from 5.7°C to 25°C, and the soil pH varies from 5.5 to 8.2.