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Illicium simonsii

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A very rare plant, Illicium simonsii grows to be an evergreen medium sized shrub with beautiful pale yellow flowers in mid-late summer. The leaves are dark green and leathery.

We have successfully grown an Illicium simonsii in our woodland gardens in Derbyshire for many years. It requires a sheltered, warm spot if possible and a reasonably well drained, acidic soil.

Supplied Size: 3L containers - very limited availability

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Illicium simonsii | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Illicium simonsii | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Warm in light, dappled or partial shade.
Soil: Well-drained, acidic soil.
Hardiness: Somewhat hardy. While we have a Illicium simonsii growing in our gardens which has survived some cold winters, we strongly advise that this valuable plant is protected in cold weather and sheltered from strong winter winds.
Rate of Growth: Slow.
Habit: Illicium simonsii eventually grows to be a medium sized branching shrub.
Height: up to 2.5 m (8 ft) in many years.
Spread: 2 m (6 ft)

Notes: Please note that although we usually guarantee plants for a year after purchase, Illicium simonsii is a fickle plant and are only guaranteed for 21 days after delivery. We will not replace an Illicium simonsii which is damaged or killed by winter cold, water logging or drying out.As Illicium simonsii is a rare, valuable and sometimes fickle plant it is recommended only for experienced gardeners.

Plant Finder: about Illicium simonsii


Illicium simonsii. This is an evergreen shrub with pale yellow, spidery, waterlily-like flowers produced in July to August. The elliptical leaves are dark green and leathery with purple mid-ribs. After the flowers, star-shaped seed capsules form.


Best grown in semi-shade, sheltered from cold winds, in well drained, acidic soil.

Interest and use

An unusual specimen plant, grown for year-round foliage interest and fragrant, ornamental flowers

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Illicium simonsii | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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