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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.
Evergreen - aromatic shrubs
Full sun - shelter from cold drying winds.
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.