Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’
This stunning bronze variety of wild fennel (not the bulbing florence fennel), looks just as at home in the flower border as in the vege garden. Fine clouds of feathery, bronze-purple leaves are followed by flat-topped, sulphur-yellow flower heads in mid to late summer and then by aromatic seeds.
Fennel is a useful companion plant for attracting bees, hoverflies and ladybirds. The dried stems can be used as stakes for bean and pea teepees and make excellent woody mulch around trees in winter. Our kids also use them as witches broomsticks! The plant accumulates sulfur and potassium. Fennel can self seed quite prolifically, so make sure you cut off the seed heads before they mature if you don’t want the plants to spread, or put a paper bag over them to collect them for use. Full sun, unfussy as to soil and super-drought tolerant. Useful part of a medicinal herbal ley for stock. Height to 200cm. 9cm pot. Certified organic plant.