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Illicium floridanum

Star Anise

Plant Type:


Illicium floridanum - Attractive dark evergreen alternate broad blades emit a deliciously spicy and pungent aroma when crushed. Maroon-purple flowers look like a coral reef denizen of the polyp persuasion. They are odd, cool and interesting if not a touch "Angry Red Planet". Florida Anise-tree has been surprisingly hardy for us in planted in a somewhat sheltered spot in USDA zone 5b. Site in full sun to open/dappled shade planted in fertile, organic and moisture retaining soil. An upright shrub it will be more shapely, dense and attractive if occasionally pruned... Speaking of which: cutting grown. Found naturally in Florida to Louisiana.


6-10 in


8-10 in


Dark Red


(5b)6 to 10(11?)
What is my hardiness zone?
Item Description Price  
ILLIFLOR Illicium floridanum (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $24.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Illicium floridanum

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Full Sun


  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow
  • Border
  • Foundation
  • Evergreen
  • Shrub Border
  • Specimen
  • Conservatory

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Moist
  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Organic

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown