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Illicium floridanum/Florida Starbush

Illicium floridanum / Illicium floridanum
A great native evergreen shrub
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A great native evergreen shrub

Maroon colored flowers with narrow, straped-shaped petals

Star-shaped fleshy fruit in mid summer

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Scientific Name: Illicium floridanum
Common Name: Florida Starbush
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Comments: The flowers are a maroon colored and star shaped. Reportedly can be grown in full sun if given ample water during hot weather, when the soil should be kept moist to prevent wilting. Some find the odor of the flower to be unpleasant. Seed pods are star shaped and contain many seeds. Leaves are aromatic when crushed and smell like root beer.