(Foeniculum vulgare purpureum)
Please note that this plant will be in the process of dying back for winter, but will reshoot in the spring.
Height/spread: 2m x 45cm
Flowers: Large flat umbels of yellow flowers in summer
Sun/shade: Warm, sunny position
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil
Maintenance: Cut back after harvesting seeds to promote new plant growth. When plant has died back in autumn, mulch soil.
Harvesting: Pick leaves fresh in summer. Harvest seed heads when they change colour from green to brown.
Cooking uses: Use fresh leaves in salads, stems on BBQs to flavour meats and seeds to flavour lamb, pork & vegetables.
Medicinal uses: An infusion of the seeds is thought to ease ingestion & heartburn in adults
Wildlife uses: Fennel is a great plant for attracting hoverflies, which help keep your aphid populations reduced!
‘Please note this plant is herbaceous. It will die back in the winter months to reshoot in the spring’