Illicium parviflorum

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Yellow Star Anise

Plant Specifics

Size:15-20 ft tall by 10-15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms in spring. Fruits ripen late summer-fall.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Hedges, specimen shrubs, screens, foundation plantings.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries
Light: Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to slightly alkaline



Insect pollinated.

Native Habitats:Bottomland forest, hydric hammock, baygall, banks of spring run and seepage streams, wet upland mixed forest. Can be seen near several of the spring runs in Ocala National Forest.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:The leaves and fruits of this species are poisonous making it resistant to insects and deer browse.
General Comments:The natural range of this plant is quite limited, but it has become a native landscaping favorite over a much broader range.