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PlantFiles: Variegated Florida Anise
Illicium floridanum 'Shady Lady'

Family: Illiciaceae
Genus: Illicium (il-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Species: floridanum (flor-ih-DAY-num) (Info)
Cultivar: Shady Lady
Hybridized by Dodd; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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One member has or wants this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Chrysalis_girl On Apr 19, 2012, Chrysalis_girl from Tucker, GA wrote:

I purchased this plant 2 years ago. At the time it was about 3 feet tall. The good news is that it was only $7. The bad news is that was shaped like a lollipop (whose idea was that, I wonder?). Two years later, it looks healthy and happy, but has not grown much. I pinched off the terminal buds to encourage bushing out, so I'm not surprised it's not taller, but it doesn't seem to be bushing out, either.

Should I be doing something differently or is this plant just doomed to be a lollipop? Perhaps it just grows slowly? Any advice or suggestions?

Negative MobileAl On Sep 21, 2010, MobileAl from Mobile, AL wrote:

Actually, I'd like some help! Purchased 3 year old shrub in the spring and it was blooming and healthly. Continued to thrive and was producing new growth up until a month ago at which time the leaves started dying. I was advised to spray with "70% Neem Oil" which I did! It finally lost it's last leaves and now just yesterday 4 green buds turned brown! Is there any hope??

Positive nifty413 On Mar 7, 2006, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Striking foliage variegation brightens partly shaded areas. The blooms are "fragrant," but to my nose and those of others whom I've dared to take a whiff, the flowers smell almost identical to a large, wet dog! Don't worry, though, it's not overwhelming, and so far, undetectable from a few feet away from the plant.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Havana, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Tucker, Georgia
Garland, Texas

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