Southern Star Florida Anise

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Great Southern Native for The Shade!

  • Easy Care
  • Unique Reddish Flowers
  • Perfect for Shady Borders or Beds
  • Great in Rain Gardens
  • Good for Smaller Gardens, Balconies and Patios
  • Scented Variegated Foliage

'Southern Star' Florida Anise (Illicium floridanum 'Southern Star') has leaves that smell great! Crush them or brush by them and they smell like licorice!

Sweetly-scented leaves and flowers with a totally different aroma. Talk about a conversation piece for your garden!

These Southern natives (from Florida to Georgia and Louisiana) love wet, shady places. They are evergreen in warm zones and live where other plants will struggle.

What sets 'Southern Star' apart is the color of its leaves. They are variegated spring-green with a creamy edge that blushes a rich pink in the winter. They definitely brighten those darker nooks in the garden. The flowers are a purplish-maroon and stand out on the shrub when they are blooming in late spring. They are slow growers, so no pruning is necessary.

Use 'Southern Star' in rain gardens or to naturalize under big trees. They are great foundation plants, too.

These are true conversation starters and your garden guests will want to know all about them. Order yours today!

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Southern Star Florida Anise Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Illicium floridanum 'Southern Star'
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Moist soils
Moisture Water to establish
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Maroon, red
Foliage Broadleaved evergreen
Foliage Color Cream, green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Fall (star shaped seed capsule)