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Illicium floridanum 'Coosa Red'

Illicium floridanum 'Coosa Red'
Just planted, autumn 2017
Florida anise; red star anise
Not grown much, spring 2021
Common name Florida anise; red star anise
Family illiciaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z7-10)
Flowers red (late spring-early summer)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Broadleaved evergreen shrub with shiny elongated leaves that emit an anise fragrance when crushed. Spidery maroon flowers are two inch big, but often hidden by the foliage. Native to the Gulf Coast from Florida to Louisiana. The species can grow into a 10-foot tall small tree, but this is a compact selection. Light shade is preferred over full sun - in the heat of Texas, morning sun with afternoon shade is probably best. We planted ours on the north side of a fence near a small live oak – so it will receive a little shade from both, especially as the oak grows, but it will have to put up with nearly full-day sun in early summer when sol is almost immediately overhead at midday and the fence casts very little shade at all.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: right fence border

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed (for plain species) from NARGS '19/'20 exchange, moist-packed in vermiculite, where it had received its first warm stage. Baggy 35F (6w) - 70F (33d) - 35F (10w) - 70F (100%G, 5w)

Unclear if the first cold stage wasn't long enough, or if I just didn't wait long enough after taking back to room temperature.

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