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Mexican anise tree

Illicium mexicanum

Attractive, glossy, dark green leaves and red flowers are similar to those of Florida anise, but this plant flowers continuously from spring to fall. Red fruit follows.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsClosely related to I. floridanum . Useful in the woodland garden or shrub border, where hardy.

CareShelter from cold, drying winds. Grow in humus-rich, acidic, moist but well-drained soil.

PropagationTake semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Layer in summer.

ProblemsBacterial spot, anthracnose, stem canker, root and crown rots.

  • Genus : Illicium
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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