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PlantFiles: Mexican Anise, Mexican Star Anise
Illicium mexicanum

Family: Illiciaceae
Genus: Illicium (il-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Species: mexicanum (meks-sih-KAY-num) (Info)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Mary_blessed On Dec 29, 2013, Mary_blessed from Locust Grove, GA wrote:

I have Mexican Anise planted in an area where it gets morning sun. Grows great in this area with the ones getting more sun, growing less. My dilemma is that I would like to move them (3 plants). Although the blooms are pretty, I don't care for the "fragrance" and they are near an area we sit at often. I have an area that is 90% sun, near very large and tall Leland cypress that I am considering moving them to. What can anyone tell me about their experience with the Mexican Anise. I don't want to totally lose them, but would like to move them. My shaded areas are limited. If it were not for the unpleasant fragrance, I would be okay with them there. According to what I read, they have a pleasant fragrance, but not the case with mine. If I don't move them, do I need to amend the soil to try and improve their fragrance?


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Hinesville, Georgia
Locust Grove, Georgia
Centreville, Maryland
Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Trinity, North Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina

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