Illicium floridanum

(Florida Anise)


$34.99


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

A rapid growing, low maintenance shrub with spectacular foliage is a combination that’s hard to beat.  The plant has a multi-stemmed, upright, compact habit. The foliage is quite attractive and aromatic, smelling similar to anise spice when crushed. The shiny, leathery leaves are olive green in color and the 1½-inch flowers are dark red, with many petals appearing in the early spring.  Tolerates heavy shade, erosion and wet planting sites.

Description

Illicium floridanum, commonly called purple anise, is an upright, rounded, aromatic, evergreen shrub. It is native to wet soils in low hammocks, wooded ravines, marshy areas and stream peripheries from northern Florida and Georgia along the coastal plain to Louisiana. Smooth, glossy, elliptic, dark olive-green leaves (to 6″ long) emit an anise-like aroma when crushed. Nodding, dark red flowers (to 2″ diameter), each with 20-30 strap-shaped petals, bloom in spring.

Additional information

Common Name

Florida Anise

Botanical Name

Illicium floridanum

Container/Amount

3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade

Height

6 to 10'

Width

5 ft.

Soil Condition

Average to Wet Soils

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Spring

Flower Color

red

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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