This article is from the Herb Reference series.
I don't have any information on this subject at this time.Habitat:
Star Anise grows wild in China, Japan, and Korea. It is grown in the Southeastern states of the U.S. as well.Description:
Stems: Have aromatic white bark.Properties:
Flowers: The greenish yellow flowers are solitary, axillary, and have many narrow, spreading petals.
Leaves: The alternate, entire leaves are eliptic, somewhat pointed, and have short petioles.
Fruit: A dry, woody, grey brown cluster of folicles in the shape of a star.
Height: 25 to 35 feet.
Cultivation: I haven't been able to locate anything on growing Star Anise yet.
Uses:Carminative Stomachic Stimulant
Star Anise is used in basicly the same way as Anise seed.
To make an infusion: Steep 1 tsp crushed seeds in 1 cup of water. Take up to 2 cups a day.
CAUTION: Some commercial Star Anise seeds are mixed with a poisonous seed that is smaller, darker, and smells sharp and bitter, more like Cardamom than anise. anise