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Illicium parviflorum

Illicium parviflorum Michx. ex Vent.

Yellow Anisetree, Small Anisetree, Star Anise

Illiciaceae (Star-Anise Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This shrub’s habit is upright and pyramidal, and will form suckering drifts if unrestrained. Plants are usually 15-20 ft. tall. The olive-green foliage provides a slightly different color than the dark-green of most broadleaf evergreens. Non-showy flowers are small, 6-12 petaled, yellow-green and do not have a noticeable odor.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun


Native Distribution: S. GA & FL
Native Habitat: Wet sites

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Considered the most rugged of the Illicium spp. as landscape performers. Will adapt to drier conditions.


Description: Easily rooted from cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Georgia Native Plant Society - Atlanta, GA


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Illicium parviflorum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Illicium parviflorum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Illicium parviflorum


Record Modified: 2021-08-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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