Illicium floridanum 'Haley's Comet'

Anise Tree, Haley's Comet

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Florida Anise Tree, the species, is an evergreen shrub native to moist shady ravines from Florida to Louisiana. Grow it in good soil either moist or dry and in sun or shade, where it will be moderately branched and upright growing to 9 or 10 feet. The medium green leaves are elliptic, 4 to 6 inches long, and fragrant when crushed. Late spring flowers have many narrow red-burgundy, almost rose-colored, strap-shaped petals forming a broad wavy star. The flowers of 'Haley's Comet' are larger than those of the species. Flowering is in the late spring with some repeat flowering in the fall.

For southern gardeners, Illicium is a nice alternative to our more common evergreen shrubs.



Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Hummingbird Plant           

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow



Plant Type

Tree Shrub

Light Exposure

Mostly sunny, Half and half, Mostly shady

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moist, Moderately moist, Dry


full quart


36in or taller



Flower Color

Red, scarlet

Bloom Time

Late spring, Early summer



Hardiness Zones

7, 8, 9