Illicium floridanum 'Coosa Red'
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.
||Florida anise; red star anise
||red (late spring-early summer)
||ordinary garden soil, not too dry
In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard
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September 23, 2017