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Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« on: December 03, 2023, 04:17:39 PM »
Hello All, hope everyone is having a nice Sunday, Can anyone help me out with a plant, cuttings, or viable seeds of edible star anise?

Thank you!


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Re: Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2023, 09:23:17 PM »
..any ideas on where I can find this plant? The few sites that have it listed are all sold out.

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Re: Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2023, 12:25:04 AM »
Roblack,

I also tried to find plants or seedlings of Illicium verum and searched everywhere online w/o success. (The only places that were offering plants were in the UK and in India, too far to gamble on shipping from.)

There are plenty places offering seeds of this species though and they, many of them, mention that this is a fast-growing species which enjoys the dappled shade of an understory situation.

Since it is a fast-grower, as many sites mentioned, then maybe we should just settle for planting some seeds and growing it from scratch.

If I find any plants available though I'll let you know....

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Re: Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2023, 03:40:13 PM »
If growing from seed be aware that the seeds germinate best if they're fresh. I've tried a lot of the common vendors and unfortunately have received lots of misidentified seeds and haven't had any luck with germination.

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Re: Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2023, 06:18:38 PM »
Roblack,

I also tried to find plants or seedlings of Illicium verum and searched everywhere online w/o success. (The only places that were offering plants were in the UK and in India, too far to gamble on shipping from.)

There are plenty places offering seeds of this species though and they, many of them, mention that this is a fast-growing species which enjoys the dappled shade of an understory situation.

Since it is a fast-grower, as many sites mentioned, then maybe we should just settle for planting some seeds and growing it from scratch.

If I find any plants available though I'll let you know....

Cheers!

Paul M.
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Thanks Paul, will be in touch with you if I come across any, as well. Ordered some pods, will try seeds, but not expecting much. Fun to hunt plants, but this one is tougher to find than anticipated.


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Re: Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2023, 05:20:48 PM »
I have had one of these plants (that's about 4 years old now) in the ground for a few months, and it is the worst, most picky plant I have ever grown. It refuses to grow most of the time, and when it tries the buds tend to fall off or the leaves are chlorotic. The root system is extremely delicate and it needs wet feet but cool weather (so shade is the only option for me here in SEFL). Cuttings never take, and air layers don't take either. It just rots if you try.

If this one dies I'm not going to be trying again.

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Re: Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2023, 06:25:06 PM »
Thanks for the inside info Wiz! Starting to think this is hard to find for more than one reason. If it likes cool, it won't like it here most of the year. My favorite plants are the ones that do well for me.

My main focus is on fruits and plants I cannot easily find at the supermarket or farmers market. While I'd still like to try, don't really need this plant, plenty of dried star anise around. Having said that, got some seeds soaking... They have been floating for days, lol!

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Re: Seeking Star Anise Plant: Illicium Verum
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2023, 11:35:21 PM »
Jason has some IIRC

 

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