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Pimpinella anisum

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Anise is part of the Pimpinella genus. Its scientific name is Pimpinella anisum.

Pimpinella anisum is an annual plant growing to 3 ft tall. The seeds taste like licorice and are a universal flavoring used to season many products. The Romans made a cake called “mustaceum” which incorporated anise and other spicy herbs and was served after a meal to aid digestion.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   White. The mature flowers are of a clustered form.

A type of flowering edible herb / herb, it mainly grows as an annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 1.79 feet (55.0 cm). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in late summer.

Anise is a great plant to attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

Egypt is believed to be where Anise originates from.

Anise is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Anise have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Anise

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  • Partial Sun

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Anise prefers light, fairly rich soil and full sun 3.

Anise likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 7 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Anise needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 5.6 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil). Keep in mind when planting that Anise is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Anise to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Anise from seed

Sow after danger of frost 1/2" deep. Germinates easily but transplants poorly. Best sown where it is to be grown.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.46 feet (45.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.51 inches (1.3 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Anise

Best sown where it is to be grown, transplants poorly.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Anise is a tender plant.

How long does Anise take to grow?

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Anise Etymology

Old French anis, from Latin anīsum, from Ancient Greek ἄνισον (anison)

Anise Folklore & Trivia

Originated in Middle East.

The Romans used this herb for paying taxes. They also chewed it to freshen the mouth in the morning. Now it is used in toothpaste, mouthwash, perfume, and soap. The crushed seeds add fragrance to sachets.1

Other names for Anise

Anise burnet, saxifrage, aniseed

Pimpinella anisum L., Anisum vulgare, Anisum odoratum, Anisum officinale, Anisum officinarum

Latest Anise Reviews


1 Herbs and Spices for Florida Gardens, Monica Moran Brandies

2 Growing Hermione’s Garden

3 .Growing Herbs with Margaret Roberts; First published 1985

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