Yellow Anise is a shrub or a small tree with evergreen leaves and small, yellow flowers. It is native to Central Florida and is rare in the wild but is widely cultivated in the southeast as a shrub, a hedge and a small tree. It is drought tolerant and is very durable and adaptable. The foliage has an anise scent.
Growing Instructions for the Yellow Anise
The seeds need to be planted when received or stored in a refrigerator until they are planted. The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 2. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 2 months. 3. The seeds like moist soil. Use a sterile seed starter mix, if available. It prevents soil fungi from damaging the seeds and the seedlings. If not available, then make a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 4. Put the soil in a pot. 5. Sow the seeds ¼ of an inch deep. 6. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 7. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.