University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Anise (Illicium parviflorum)

Anise is an evergreen shrub or small tree which can grow to a height of 25 feet. The solid green leaves are two to four inches long, simple, spirally-arranged, and obovate to elliptic in shape. Crushed leaves have a licorice aroma. Flowers are inconspicuous and fruit is a star shaped many-seeded pod about 3/4 inch in diameter.