Finding a shrub that grows well in the shade, produces attractive flowers, and provides interesting foliage is a challenge. A new variegated version of the Florida anise bush (Illicium floridanum) is perfect shrub for hot-weather areas, plus it has the added benefit of producing clove-scented flowers in spring.
This low-maintenance evergreen grows 6 feet high and 5 feet wide at maturity. It grows in part shade and is hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9. The white edging on the leaves gives the shrub a bright appearance even in low light areas. In mid-spring, small, pink flowers that bloom for weeks provide an alluring clove-like scent.
For more information on the variegated Florida anise bush, go to: Wayside Gardens.