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Anise Star

English Name

Illicium Verum

Scientific Name


The Anise tree, which bears magnolia-like flowers, lives and produces fruit for almost one hundred years. At six years of age it bears fruit. These fruits are a rusty red color. When these fruits dry the seeds are used with the husk to produce the ground spice. The spice is very important in Chinese cooking and is also known to have antibacterial and anti-fungal effects. Medicinal it helps coughs and conditions like lumbago. It is also used as a breath freshener and to flavor liqueurs and soft drinks.

Hardy Perennial

Life Cycle



Outdoor & Shade



Propagate by semi ripe cuttings.


Requires shade and moist drained slightly acid soil. Fruits are picked when ripe.

Did you know?

Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.