May. 1, 2017

Florida anise, Illicium floridanum

This unusual looking flower does not live up to its name. Another species in the Orient is used as a spice, but is not the source of anise. The leaves of our species have an anise aroma, but are toxic. Florida anise is grown for its two-inch flowers, despite their faintly fishy odor. The shrub grows in AL, FL, GA(E), LA, and MS. Matthaei Gardens, University of Michigan, 11/29/14.