Looking lovely this week is the winter flowering anise, Illicium anisatum. This clone is Illicium anisatum ‘Murasaki no Sato’, which has creamy-centered leaves and new purple growth that’s just scrumptious. The winter floral show is also truly spectacular! This is first cousin to the tender Chinese anise, Illicium verum, whose pods are used medicinally. Illicium anisatum, however, is best used only ornamentally, since it’s fruit are toxic when consumed.
Thanks for this post. I just planted a small one of these last summer. What’s the drought tolerance like in your experience?
Drought tolerance is quite good, but I’d keep an eye on it during an extended or exceptional drought.
Superb color in an accent addition to our garden. Planted in 2020, it appears to enjoy its surroundings.