Anise is an herbaceous annual plant growing to 3 ft (0.91 m) tall. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple, 0,5–2,1 in (1,3–5,1 cm) long and shallowly lobed, while leaves higher on the stems are feathery pinnate, divided into numerous leaves. The flowers are white, approximately 3 mm diameter, produced in dense umbels. The fruit is an oblong dryschizocarp, 3 - 5 mm long. It is these seedpods that are referred to as "aniseed".
Aniseed can be grown in a sunny, sheltered spots. Good quality aniseed has full, heavy fruits with a high essential oil contents.