Illicium ‘Scorpio’

(Scorpio Florida Anise)


$42.99


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

This evergreen shrub is an NCSU introduction from Tom Ranney, bred at the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab.  It is a hybrid between the species I. floridanum and I. mexicanum which are now classified under the former’s name.  The large, bright red flowers bloom multiple times throughout the year and the shrub is compact in shape and size.  It does best in partial shade and moist soil, tolerating shady, damp, and wet sites well.

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.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Scorpio Florida Anise

Botanical Name

Illicium 'Scorpio'

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

4 to 5 ft.

Width

4 to 5 ft.

Soil Condition

Average to Wet Soils

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Spring and sporadically through summer

Flower Color

red

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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