Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Illicium floridanum


Partial Shade
Full Shade
Attracts Birds

Illicium floridanum (Illiciaceae)
(il-ISS-ee-um flor-i-DAY-num)
Florida Anise Tree

A densely leaved, evergreen shrub ideal for a shady yard that needs screening. Native to the southeastern US, Florida Anise is often found in moist locations but tolerates average garden soils. Covered in spring with 1" flowers narrow, strappy maroon petals followed by interesting star-shaped seed pods. Illiciums are an excellent alternative to the usual privacy hedge choices. Its height is 8-12', so you can either leave it full to the ground or limb it up into a small tree, and plant shade perennials underneath. Shiny, leathery evergreen leaves emit an anise scent when crushed between your fingers.

Bloom color: red
Bloom period: mid-spring
Height: 8-12'
Spread: 6'
Zones: 7-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $20