- Common Name(s):
- Florida anise tree
- 'Alba', 'Halley's Comet', 'Semnes'
- Shrubs, Trees
An attractive evergreen shrub in the Schisandraceae family, native to Florida. It has fragrant foliage when leaves are crushed. Both the foliage and fruit are poisonous to livestock. Spreads by root suckers. Tolerates heavy shade, erosion and wet planting sites. It is not cold hardy. Would be ideal in a rain garden or allowed to naturalize. This is a great evergreen shrub for moist, shady locations th leaves may discolor in sun or if exposed to harsh winds
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Evergreen Bloom: Spring, April-May
Wildlife Value: This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems.
Compare this Plant to: I. parviflorum
- 5-8 ft.
- Alternate, simple, lustrous to dull, dark green leaves; 2-6 in. long; fragrant like anise when crushed
- Fragrant in an unpleasant way, showy 2" red blooms with 20-30 strap-shaped petals that nod on the end of stems. Bloom in the spring April-May followed by a star-shaped fruit.
- Partial shade to shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil high in organic matter
- Upright; much-branched shrub; open, loose
- 6-8 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1596