Foeniculum Vulgare Var.
A dramatic landscape plant as well as a culinary herb. The brownish bronze color which deepens as the season wears on, is truly unique in our experience. The flavor and use are similar to those for regular fennel. Mustard yellow umbel shaped flowers appear late in the season, following with the flavorful seeds. Plant toward the edges or borders of vegetable gardens, it not a good companion when planted to closely with other vegetables, especially beans, tomato, dill, and carrots.
Perennial Zone 6/7-10
Germination: 7-14 days
Seed Planting Depth: 1/4"
Starting Indoors/Outdoors: Sowing outdoors is best, in the spring when soil temps reach 65 degrees. Sow a few seeds every 4-6" , thin to 12-18" apart. For a head start you can start indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost using peat,cow,or paper pots(grows a delicate taproot, successful transplanting may be difficult) Provide 65-70 degrees soil temperatures. Transplant to 12-18" apart. Reseeds easily.
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to fertile ,well drained
Uses: Medicinal, culinary,ornamental, attracts bees and beneficials