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Scorpio Anise

Illicium

Starflower

At only 2 to 3 feet tall, Star Flower Scorpio is a very unique extra dwarf Florida anise covered with bright scarlet red flowers and handsome evergreen foliage. The star-shaped flowers give this series its name. This native superstar does well in moist or dry sites and in part to deep shade. Very drought tolerant and deer and diseases stay away.

Scorpio is covered with fiery red star-shaped flowers.

Blooms appear throughout the year, even in heavily shaded sites.

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Scorpio Anise

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Shrub
Light
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Average Height
3 feet - 5 feet
Average Width
4 feet - 6 feet
Average Spacing
3 feet - 6 feet
Hardiness Zones
USDA Zones 6a - 9b
Soil Moisture
Moist to wet soil
Scorpio Anise

Features & Uses

Features:

  • Bright red star-shaped flowers
  • Blooms in full shade
  • Multiple flowering times throughout the year
  • Fragrant, deer-resistant evergreen leaves
  • Tolerates damp sites
  • Attracts pollinators

Uses:

  • Brighten a shady corner
  • Use in a deer-prone area
  • Create a low evergreen hedge
  • Plant in a damp, shady area
Scorpio Anise

General Maintenance

Pruning:

  • Naturally compact and dense; does not typically require pruning

Fertilize:

  • Prefers neutral to acidic soil; fertilize with acid-loving plant formulas

Development Story

The Star Flower Illicium series of flowering broadleaf evergreen shrubs are North Carolina State University introductions from Dr. Tom Ranney, bred at the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab. They are a hybrid between the species Illicium floridanum and I. mexicanum. The shrubs have two main bloom seasons, first in April-May and again in September-November, blooming sporadically in between. Their frequent bloom, deer-resistance, aromatic foliage, and tolerance for damp and shady sites make them excellent and adaptable ornamental shrubs.

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Plant these shrubs in a spot where they get dappled or partial shade for best blooming. They tolerate damp or even wet soil, but moist, well-drained soil with organic matter is ideal. The shrubs are naturally compact and do not require pruning. Plant them 3 - 6 feet apart. They prefer an acid or neutral soil and can be fertilized with a product formulated for acid-loving plants. 

  • In the Garden

    In the Garden

    Star Flower Scorpio provides bright bursts of color throughout the year with tasseled red flowers against handsome evergreen leaves. Star Flowers' deer-resistant foliage, willingness to bloom even in full shade, and tolerance of wet sites make it a wonderful problem solver for tough areas. The compact growth of this series creates an easy, no-prune hedge. 

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