Herbs Anise

Herb Seed

Product ID: 904

Licorice-flavored seeds.

Seeds are well-known for flavoring confections. Plants are easy to grow if well-maintained until established. Attractive, white, umbel-type flowers make a nice ornamental.

• Attracts bees as well as other beneficial insects such as parasitic wasps, lady beetles, lacewings, and tachinid flies.

Avg. 11,300 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.


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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 6-14 days at 70°F (21°C).

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Use fresh seed, as viability deteriorates rapidly after two years. Sow directly into the garden in early spring, 1-2 seeds per inch, 1/4" deep. When seedlings are 3" tall, thin to 6" apart in rows 18" apart.


SOIL REQUIREMENTS: A light, well-drained, moderately rich, sandy loam.

PLANT HEIGHT: 24" Plants may need staking to prevent lodging.



HARVEST: Anise needs at least 130 days to grow before the seeds are mature. As soon as the tips of the fruits turn gray, harvest seeds before they turn black.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pimpinella anisum

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Pimpinella anisum

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

130 to seed harvest

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Attracts Beneficial Insects Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.

Attracts Beneficial Insects