General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: to 31 inches
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Cooked
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ

Common names
  • Florence Fennel
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Finnochio
  • Bulb Fennel
  • Anise

  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 23, 2014 3:36 PM concerning plant:
    The blooms of Florence Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum) are very attractive to bees. In addition, this plant reportedly attracts a variety of beneficial insects to the garden, including parasitic mini-wasps, hoverflies, ladybugs, and lacewings. These beneficial insects consume many common garden pests including aphids, armyworms, codling moths, European corn borer, flies, gypsy moths, cabbageworms, mealybugs, soft scales, spider mites thrips, moth eggs, and small caterpillars.
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 18, 2020 11:33 AM concerning plant:
    All parts of this plant are edible and have a mild anise or licorice flavor. Sweet fennel is used in French, Italian, and other cuisines. Young shoots are eaten either cooked or raw as a vegetable, the leaves are used in salads and for seasoning, and the seeds are used as a flavoring in cooking and in candy and liqueurs. It is sometimes called Wild Anise, although true anise is of the genus Pimpinella.
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