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( Florida Anise )
|Illicium floridanum is a heavily branched, dense evergreen shrub, 6-10 feet tall, the spread is a little less. Foliage is dark green, older leaves tend to droop. Maroon-purple flowers with an interesting fragrance are borne singly, 1-2 inch diameter, 20-30 petals. Flowers mid spring. Fruit is a star-shaped capsule, 1 inch wide, green at first, maturing to brown in early fall. Prefers soil with high organic content, and can tolerate fairly wet conditions, likes at least partial shade, leaves fade in full sun. Not bothered by pests. The shrub foliage is nicely fragrant, a nice addition to a moist, shady spot in the shrub border. Native from Florida to Louisiana.
Important Info : Prefers soil with high organic content, and can tolerate fairly wet conditions.
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