Anise is a dainty annual that grows from 1
to 2 feet high. It has finely cut, serrated
leaves and very small, whitish flowers in flat
clusters. The leaves and seeds have a warm, sweet
taste that suggests licorice.
Anise grows rapidly from seed. Plant after all
danger of frost has passed. If planted in rows, thin
to 6 to 8 inches apart in rows 2 feet apart.
The green leaves can be cut whenever plants are
large enough. Gather seeds about 1 month after
Anise leaves can be used in salads and as a garnish.
Use the seeds to flavor confections such as cakes
and cookies. Oil from anise seed is used in
publication NE-208, produced by the Cooperative
Extension Services of the Northeast States."