Foeniculum vulgare. This statuesque, Anise-flavored perennial lends drama to the garden, with lacy fronds ranging in color from deep chocolate-bronze to green with all of the shades in between. Harvest young stalks for soups, herb butters or salads. Fennel seed has umpteen uses; chewing it sweetens the breath and the stomach. The foliage and flowers are also a wonderful addition to bouquets. To harvest Fennel seeds, enclose mature brown seed heads in a paper bag and cut with scissors. Dry and store in a glass jar. Its seed rampantly self-sows (it blends wonderfully wherever it lands in the garden but is easy to pull if unwanted) and Fennel is #1 with good garden bugs. Fennel can be raised as transplants sown indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to setting out after the last spring frost date
, or direct-sown in mid-spring. Bee friendly. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 5-9. Height: 30" to 36". (OP.)
Average seed life: 1 year.
One packet of about 75 seeds