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Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height1.2m to 2m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow orange
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel). This is a hardy annual, perennial which is usually grown as an annual, The fennel is a large showy plant with lots of culinary uses and ornamental value. The mature bulbs are used in cooking, or as a vegetable for baking in a casserole. The foliage is feathery and fragrant, with a liquorice scent and flavour. The mature bulbs are used in Italian cuisine or as a vegetable used for baking.

Characteristics

Perennial or Biennial, Fragrant

Origin

Southern Europe

Interest and use

It has a fragrance and it can be used for foliage or for ornamental used but it is also used as a vegetable. Suitable for coastal conditions. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Harvesting may start in late summer and may end in mid autumn.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Cool conditions, lack of water.

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