Star Anise - Knowledgebase Question

Hood river, OR
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Question by Just3ofus
January 30, 1998
I'd like to grow my own 'star anise' to use in craft projects. Is this just a certain part of an anise plant thats dried, or a specific variety that grows those lovely little stars? If so where can I get seeds/plants for them?

Answer from NGA
January 30, 1998
The plant that grows those lovely stars is called Illicium verum, a tree that grows to 60 feet in its native habitat in SE China. It's commonly called Chinese Anise or Star Anise. The plant is hardy to USDA zone 8, but the seeds are difficult to find. If you can shake seeds from your dried star flowers, you can grow them outdoors in full sunshine...but it may be a while before you can harvest any seed pods!

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