Perennials forum: Does Bronze Fennel come up every year?

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 9, 2018 7:59 AM CST
I had bronze fennel for a couple years, maybe 3? This year both of them died, realllly dead. I'm wondering if this is a biennial? I'm so disappointed because I thought it would always be there, and I am really missing it now.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 9, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Mine always returned. I finally dug it up because it took up too much space. Let it remain and it may give you an unexpected happy surprise.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 9, 2018 8:36 AM CST
no, it is reallly dead, all rotted and gross so I pulled it out. :(
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
May 9, 2018 10:11 AM CST
Then it definitely won't return. Buy a packet of seeds and you'll have it again.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
May 9, 2018 10:37 AM CST
I find that bronze fennel reseeds itself, sometimes in the same spot, other times it pops up unexpectedly somewhere else. I have also had them simply die on me after 2-3 years. So, maybe let some purposely go to seed every year. I currently don't have any in my actual herb garden, but one is growing in my chicken yard, where I often toss my weed bucket. The birds are leaving it alone, so I'll nab some seeds this fall and sprinkle them back where they belong.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 9, 2018 11:03 AM CST
okay, thanks guys, that lets me know. I will just have to replace it. Thank You!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
May 10, 2018 5:32 AM CST
Mine only lasted about 3 years too. I used to find seedlings around but must have weeded them out at some point.
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
May 11, 2018 8:03 PM CST
Me too. It only has lasted a couple of years in the past but I do have a steady supply.

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