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Illicium sp., False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice

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Illicium henryi, Chinese Anise
 Illicium sp.
Family: Illiciaceae
False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice
Origin: East Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantIrritatingSpice or herbSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This interesting genus originates from the temperate to subtropical regions of East Asia and the Americas. It contains about 40 frost-hardy evergreen shrubs and small trees, grown for their handsome foliage and fragrant flowers. In older publications you may see the Illicium genus placed in the Magnoliaceae family. This is no longer correct as they are now placed in their own family Illiciaceae.

Star-anise (I. verum) from China and Vietnam is the source of a culinary spice and reportedly has medicinal uses. Illicium verum has a foliage and stems with a delightful anise odor that reminds of root beer with hints of licorice. The other species are toxic and are not a substitute for the culinary spice and flavorings obtained from Illicium verum, although they also have pleasant anise smell. Prefers partial shade or partial sun; soil should be moist.

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 Illicium sp., False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice

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Illicium sp., False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice

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Illicium verum
Illicium sp., False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice

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Illicium parviflorum
Illicium sp., False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice

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Illicium sp., False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice

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Illicium parviflorum
Illicium sp., False Anise, Anise Tree, Star Anise, Licorice

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Pimpinella anisum, Anise, Anís 

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Family: Apiaceae / Umbelliferae
Anise, Anís
Origin: Egypt, Greece, Crete and Asia Minor
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Anise is known for its flavor, which resembles liquorice, fennel and tarragon. Western cuisines have long used anise as a moderately popular herb to flavor some dishes, drinks, and candies, and so the word has come to connote both the species of herb and the licorice-like flavor. The most powerful flavor component of the essential oil of anise is anethole. Anise has a reputation as a medicine in coughs and pectoral affections. In hard, dry coughs where expectoration is difficult, it is of much value.

Anise is a herbaceous annual plant growing to 3 ft. Anise plants grow best in light, fertile, well drained soil. The seeds should be planted as soon as the ground warms up in spring. Because the plants have a taproot, they do not transplant well after being established, so they should be started either in their final location or transplanted while the seedlings are still small.


  


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Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

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Family: Lamiaceae
Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage
Origin: South America
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The leaves are ovate with a fresh mint green color, and an anise scent when crushed. The inflorescences with flowers in various shades of blue, including an uncommonly true blue.


 Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

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Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

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Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

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Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

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Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

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Salvia guaranitica, Anise-scented Sage, Hummingbird Sage

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Amorphophallus sp., Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam

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Amorphophallus symonianus
 Amorphophallus sp.
Family: Araceae
Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam
Origin: Himalaya, India, Burma
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersUnusual colorOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Amorphophallus species are herbs with an underground storage organ. This is usually a tuber. One single leaf emerges from the tuber, consisting of a vertical petiole (stalk) and a horizontal leaf-blade. The latter is dissected into few or numerous small leaflets. Once plants are mature an inflorescence may develop. The inflorescence may replace the leaf in one season, or develop alongside it. From winter dormant tubers emerge an umbrella like plant with beautiful speckled stems. Large flowers will emerge from mature plants in the spring. When the spathe opens the female flowers are receptive and must be pollinated that same day. The opening inflorescence emits an attractant scent. In Amorphophallus this scent has diversified considerably. In most species the scent is anything but pleasant, and reminds one of varieties of death, decay, sewage, gas and the like. A few species develop a scent that is actually pleasant to the human nose (e.g. carrot-like, anise, chocolate, fruity, lemon). After successful pollination most parts of the spathe wither and drop off, after which the individual female flowers develop into berries, containing the seeds. These berries are usually red or orange-red, but occasionally blue, white, or yellow-and- white. Amorphophallus thrives in a rich loamy soil in partial shade. Compost should consist of 2 parts loam to 1 part peat moss to 1 part sand. Keep the plant evenly moist all through the growing season. Keep dry during dormancy, keep moist during growing period. Fertilize monthly with a houseplant fertilizer. Water should be gradually withheld starting in October until the leaf withers. Store corms at a temperature above 50 degrees. They can be brought into active growth in late March. If the corms are strong enough, a blossom will soon be produced. The leaf follows soon afterwards. A. bulbifer definitely dislikes low humidity - the leaflets may partially desiccate; this seems to be more pronounced in low light. Also, in low light, the leafes become exceptionally dark green, with nicely contrasting pink margins. Such plants have to be moved to brighter light very gradually. In bright light, the leaves are bright green, with pinkish margins less pronounced. Other species: konjac, titanum, and much more...

Amorphophallus konjac is one of the largest flowers, a perennial exotic Asian plant. It grows a single, elongated center called a corm and a single large leaf that wraps around it. The corm is the part of the plant that is used, as well as its tuber, which is commonly called the konnyaku potato. Amorphophallus konjac acts as a diet aid that has many benefits. Its ability to swell when mixed with water allows it to fill the stomach. It also moves through the digestive system very slowly, making the appetite feel satisfied for a longer period of time. This characteristic of Amorphophallus konjac is beneficial in treating obesity. It is one of the most exotic, bizarre flowers. Can be easily grown in a pot as a house plant. The single leaf dormant in winter, then in spring the plant shoots out a fantastic flower.


 Amorphophallus sp., Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam

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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

Amorphophallus sp., Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam

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Amorphophallus konjac
Amorphophallus sp., Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam

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Amorphophallus konjac
Amorphophallus sp., Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam

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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
Amorphophallus sp., Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam

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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
Amorphophallus sp., Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower, Elephant Foot Yam

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Amorphophallus konjac


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Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower. Amorphophallus bulbifer is one of the prettiest of the Voodoo Lilies and the inflorescence doesn't smell that bad compared to others of the genus. Amorphophallus only blooms when mature and even so it doesn't bloom every year. The unpleasant smell that the flower omits is only present for a few hours after the flower opens. If the flower is pollinated (normally by flies if the plant is outside) it will take 1 year for the plant to mature its seeds. The seed stalk is very pretty with the seeds changing colors from green to red. During this time the tuber will not produce a leaf.
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Amorphophallus konjak - Voodoo Lily

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Amorphophallus konjac is one of the largest flowers, a perennial exotic Asian plant. It grows a single, elongated center called a corm and a single large leaf that wraps around it. The corm is the part of the plant that is used, as well as its tuber, which is commonly called the konnyaku potato. It is one of the most exotic, bizarre flowers. Can be easily grown in a pot as a house plant. The single leaf dormant in winter, then in spring the plant shoots out a fantastic flower. See picture of a flowering plant.
This plant is dormant from Fall through Winter, shipped as tuber, keep on dry side until it grows back its leaves in Spring.
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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (campanulatus) - Voodoo lily

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Voodoo lily, Devils tongue, Snake Palm, Corpse flower. The unpleasant smell that the flower omits is only present for a few hours after the flower opens. If the flower is pollinated (normally by flies if the plant is outside) it will take 1 year for the plant to mature its seeds. The seed stalk is very pretty with the seeds changing colors from green to red. During this time the tuber will not produce a leaf.
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Piper auritum, Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper

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Family: Piperaceae
Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper
Origin: Mexico through Colombia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistRegular waterIrritatingEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbInvasiveEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Close relative of Piper methysticum (Kava-Kava), and Piper nigrum (Black Pepper), this herb originated from Tropical America and grows also in the South Pacific. Large-leaved perennial, known for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove. This species is easily identified by its huge leaves which can grow over a foot long in older specimens. Plants will grow out from roots so it can spread in ideal conditions. Flowers are long, skinny, white, and fuzzy looking. They may be borne in season. The plant doesn't usually form many fruits outside of its native range. The leaves are chopped and used for flavoring, as well as used whole, as wrappings for meats, tamales, etc.

P. auritum is very often confused with Piper methysticum (Kava-Kava), and probably has some similar effects. According to other sources, it can be poisonous. Explorer Captain James Cook, who gave this plant the botanical name of "intoxicating pepper", first discovered the true kava kava. Kava has been used for over 3,000 years for its medicinal effects as a sedative, muscle relaxant, diuretic, and as a remedy for nervousness and insomnia. It has been used in parts of the Pacific at traditional social gatherings as a relaxant and in cultural and religious ceremonies to achieve a higher level of consciousness. The roots can be made into a mildly narcotic beverage that is comparable to popular cocktails in our culture. Kava is now recognized by many doctors as an alternative to drugs like Xanax and Valium.


 Piper auritum, Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper

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Piper auritum, Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper

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Piper auritum, Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper

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Piper auritum, Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper

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Piper auritum, Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper

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Piper auritum, Root Beer Plant, Mexican Pepperleaf, Hoja Santa , Veracruz Pepper, False Kava-Kava, Sacred Pepper

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Piper auritum - Root Beer Plant

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Root Beer Plant, Acuyo, False Kava-Kava. Close relative of Piper methysticum (Kava-Kava), and Piper nigrum (Black Pepper), this herb originated from Tropical America and grows also in the South Pacific. Large-leaved perennial, known for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove. This species is easily identified by its huge leaves which can grow over a foot long in older specimens. The leaves are chopped and used for flavoring, as well as used whole, as wrappings for meats, tamales, etc. P. auritum is very often confused with Piper methysticum (Kava-Kava), and probably has some similar effects.
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Pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira

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Family: Pittosporaceae
Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira
Origin: China, Formosa, Japan
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

In general the Japanese pittosporum grows taller in the shade while those grown in full sun are more compact. The leathery leaves are glossy on the top with undersides that are lighter and have a dull surface. These very ornamental leaves reach a length of from 1-5 in and up to 1 in wide with edges that recurve (curl down and inward).The small flowers are about 0.5" in diameter and are held in clusters at the branch tips. They are pure white when they emerge from the bud and slowly age to a mellow creamy yellow. This plant is very adaptable and will grow in most soils except for those that are constantly wet. Moderate moisture is required for fastest growth and best looks. Established plants are able to survive long periods of drought but will look the worse for wear - will recover when adequate moisture is obtained. Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.


 Pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira

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Pittosporum tobira Variegata

Pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira

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Pittosporum tobira Variegata
Pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira

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Pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira

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Pittosporum tobira, Japanese Mockorange, Japanese Pittosporum, Tobira

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Pittosporum tobira Variegata


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