‘Swamp Hobbit’ Florida Anise
(Illicium floridanum ‘Swamp Hobbit’)
Discovered by the intrepid plantsman, Dr. Ron Miller of Pensacola, FL. ‘Swamp Hobbit’ is an incredible dwarf Illicium floridanum that Ron found in Coosa County, AL. Reaches 6-8 inches in height and a foot or so in breadth in 5 years. The original plant is about 2 feet tall, surrounded by a 5 foot circle of offsets. Leaves and flowers are of normal size; it just has particularly short internodes. Best with some shade. A native, shade-tolerant, evergreen ground cover with showy flowers and good deer resistance. Few plants can make that claim. Has proven hardy in Delaware, so should be good in Zones (6?)7-10. Roots readily from stem cuttings, but somewhat slow in production. No patent or trademark.