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Star anise  

Illicium verum

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Belonging to the Illicium genus, Star anise has a botanical name of Illicium verum.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow-green. The mature flowers are of a single form.

It is a flowering herb / ornamental and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater).

Normally grows with a tree habit.

If you would like to attract birds to your garden, consider growing this plant.

China is believed to be where Star anise originates from.

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

How to grow Star anise

  • Partial Sun

  • Dappled Sun

  • Medium

Position in a partial sun / dappled sun location and remember to water moderately. The USDA Zones typically associated with Star anise are Zone 9 and Zone 10. Keep in mind when planting that Star anise is thought of as tender, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.

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

Growing Star anise from seed

Scratch the seeds with sandpaper and soak them in warm water before sowing. They require a temperature of 7 degrees F to germinate.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Star anise

As Star anise is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Other names for Star anise

Staranise tree, Chinese star anise, Indian anise

Illicium verum Hook. f.

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