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Commonly known as Anise

Genus of about 40 species of aromatic, evergreen shrubs and trees from woodland in southeastern Asia, southeastern USA and the West Indies.

They are grown ornamentally for their unusual flowers and woody fruits.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - aromatic shrubs
  • Full sun - shelter from cold drying winds.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - grown for their thick, glossy leaves, unusual, many-tepalled flowers and woody, star-shaped fruits. I. anisatum (Japanese anise) is highly TOXIC and should not be ingested. The star anise of Chinese 5-spice is I. verum (Chinese anise).
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - southeastern Asia, southeastern USA, West Indies.
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving -
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus- rich.
Illicium Growing Guide

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ILLICIUM anisatum

ILLICIUM anisatum  >

Commonly known as: Japanese anise.
Dark glossy green leaves and pungent creamy star-shaped yellowish-green flowers
£16.00 each 
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ILLICIUM floridanum

ILLICIUM floridanum  >

Commonly known as: Florida anise, Purple anise.
oval leathery leaves and maroon-purple flowers. A rare but spectacular plant
£22.00 each 
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ILLICIUM henryi  >

Commonly known as: Anise.
Bright rose coloured flowers and glossy leathery leaves. A rare species
£20.00 each 
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ILLICIUM oligandrum

ILLICIUM oligandrum  >

Commonly known as: Anise.
Small yellowish star-shaped flowers
£25.00 each 
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ILLICIUM philippinense

ILLICIUM philippinense  >

Commonly known as: Anise.
White, pink-tinged flowers and glossy aromatic leaves
£20.00 each 
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