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Foeniculum vulgare

Also called Sabbath day posy


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Foeniculum vulgare - Fennel - Photo courtesy of Sean James Consulting & Design

More About Foeniculum vulgare

  • Grown for its anise-flavoured foliage and seeds
  • Flat-topped clusters of small, yellow flowers
  • Seeds ripen in early fall
  • Soft, airy, finely cut, yellow-green foliage
  • Resembles a large dill plant
  • Bloom Time: Summer

Interesting Notes:

Foeniculum vulgare is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

Zone:

6

Height:

150-175 cm

Spread:

50-60 cm

Colour:

Yellow
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Fennel Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in an average to moist, well-drained soil, in full sun. This is a tall herb so plant in a protected spot, sheltered from the wind. Start plants indoors in early spring and plant out when frost is no longer a risk. Hardy to Zone 6, so established plants may need some winter protection. Leaves can be harvested throughout the summer and added to fresh salads. Seeds are also harvested for use in bread, soups or pasta dishes. 


Foeniculum vulgare Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Fast
Fast
Edible
Edible

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Upright
Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Herbal garden