Illicium floridanum
Cultivar: Compactum
Illiciaceae (Star-anise Family)
Habit: Shrub, Tree
Duration: Perennial
Range: GA, FL, AL, MS & LA
Height: 6-10 ft. tall
Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9
Bloom Color: Red, Purple
Bloom Period: Apr-June
Light: Sun, Part Shade
Soil: Average, Moist
Atttracts: Hummingbirds, Bees, Butterflies
Cultivar Comments: At 4 ft. tall, this compact cultivar of Florida Anise-tree is smaller in stature, so there is no reason in the world not to have this in your garden. If you have a shady spot that’s not too dry and has a little room, then you need this shrub. Easy to grow, the strongly scented leaves are best appreciated after a good bruising. Our experience has shown this shrub to be highly pest resistant, perhaps nibbled upon but never by the same critter twice. Prefers shady sites and moist to wet soil. If grown in sun the leaves are yellower, not nearly as handsome.