Pink Frost Illicium Anise
Illicium floridana 'Pink Frost' PP21,287
In Latin, the name of this shrub literally means “alluring”. The Illicium is a bit of an international traveler, with native species found all over—from eastern Asia, all the way to several parts of North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Illicium is an understory shrub adapted to a shady habitat and thrives in moist growing conditions.
Illicium has several varieties, including Illicium floridanum, which First Editions has developed to bring us the ‘Pink Frost’ Illicium. This star of the shade garden has notable variegated leaves (green with a cream edge) that turn a brilliant red in cold weather, creating an lovely fall display. As the name indicates, ‘Pink Frost’ has pinkish-red frilly flowers in spring. Some gardeners who have used this illicium have actually called it ‘deer proof’! Grows best in shade with protection from afternoon sun in moist, well-drained soil. ‘Pink Frost’ has fragrant leaves and flowers with an anise scent and star-shaped unique seed pods. Plant ‘Pink Frost’ Illicium in a shady spot with dwarf azalea like ‘Gumpo’, edged with hosta, fern or carex grass for a glorious shade garden!