Illicium parviflorum

yellow star anise

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Hedges, specimen shrubs, screen.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


Native Habitats: Bottomland forest, hydric hammock, baygall, banks of spring run and seepage streams, wet upland mixed forest. Can be seen near several of the spring runs in Ocala National Forest.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Related to the anise used as a spice, fruits of this species can be similarly used.

Other Comments:

The natural range of this plant is quite limited, but it has become a native landscaping favorite over a much broader range.