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Illicium floridanum

Common Name:
Purple anise
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Illiciaceae (The Illicium Family)
Geographic Origin:
Eastern United States
California Native?:
Plant Size:
6-10 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
Large glossy leaves are light green and have a sweet aroma when bruised; striking dark red flowers to 2 inches across are held along the branches in spring. The flowers have a somewhat unpleasant odor. This shrub from the southeast U.S. grows well in shade, with regular to moderate watering.