Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum')is an exceptionally striking herb plant with ferny, colourful foliage that gives rise to tall stalks of vibrant, golden floral umbels. Beneficial insects love this plant and at the height of summer is often laden with a wide range of wasp species. The foliage can also be a host plant for swallowtail butterflies.
This is a wonderful, edible herb that offers up tender, anise/liquorice-flavoured leaves early in the season, followed by edible flowers, pollen, and seeds. I use the early foliage in leafy green mixes and the late season stems as flavouring for roasted meats. The flowers and seeds are a burst of flavour right off the plant and I often eat a few while working in the garden. This plant is worth growing for the young, green seeds alone, which when infused into spirits make a phenomenal after dinner aperitif and digestive aid. Such an all around useful plant!
Special Notes: Prefers a sunny spot and moist, well-draining soil, but will tolerate drought, especially once established. Can be grown in a large, deep pot. Ornamental attracts beneficial insects. Leaves, flowers, and seeds are edible with medicinal usage. Does not produce a bulbous base.
Approximately 50+ seeds per packet.
Seed Starting and Growing: Best direct sown in late spring as the seedlings do not transplant well.
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All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.