Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries
Little-used but attractive clan of shrubs or small trees noted for thick, leathery, glossy leaves (anise scented when crushed) and spring flowers with many petal-like segments reminiscent of small magnolia blossoms. Fruits that follow are small, one-sided pods arranged in a ring.Though related to the star anise (I. verum) of Chinese cookery, these species are inedible. All like rich soil with abundant organic material. Big, bold foliagegives the impression of rhododendrons. Seldom need pruning.
Native to northernMexico. To 4 ft. tall andwide. Narrowly oval, pointed leaves are medium green with red stems. Reddish pink flowers, to 2 in. across, are produced mainly in spring, with some repeat bloom through summer.
Clusters ofdark blue, inch-long flowers on6–10-in. stems.
Onion relative from the Mediterranean region and western Asia that creates an attractive silhouette. S...
Blooms in midsummer,with slightly branched, 3 1/2-ft. stems bearing 3-in., brightreddish apricot flowe...