Anise is an annual/biennial herb that produces little, dainty white flowers and seed that has a refreshing licorice flavor. The small 1.5-2 feet tall plants have feather like green leaflets that are great for making aromatic tea. Anise seed produced from the plants can be used whole or ground in doughs or fillings of baked goods or brewed to make a delicate licorice-flavored tea.


Learning Download: How to Grow Anise

Anise is a Mediterranean herb with a smell similar to licorice. It’s a strong herb, and it can be used in curries, in making flavored liqueurs and in baking. Anise is best grown in the warm seasons and it is an annual, meaning it will not return.

Before Planting: Make sure the bed consists of well-draining soil and is free of weeds, rocks and other debris.

Planting: Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep and space 1 inch apart. If planting in multiple rows, set the rows 2 to 3 feet apart.

Watering: Once established, Anise can withstand periods of drought but requires consistent watering until then.

Fertilizer: Add compost to the soil before planting the seeds. You can use a nitrogen-heavy fertilizer before Anise begins to flower.

Days to Maturity: Anise takes approximately 120 days from planting to harvest.

Harvesting: Snip the leaves to use before the plant blooms, if you plan on using the leaves fresh. The leaves can be consumed dried, fresh or frozen.

Tips: Anise can be used as a companion plant with cabbage and grapes, but don’t plant near carrots and radishes.

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