Bronze fennel

Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze'

Bronze fennel - Foeniculum vulgare  'Giant Bronze'

Common Name: Bronze fennel
Genus: Foeniculum
Species: vulgare
Cultivar: 'Giant Bronze'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: Bronze, PurpleFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Fine clouds of feathery bronze-purple leaves and flat-topped sulphur-yellow flowerheads in mid- to late summer followed by aromatic seeds. Fennel is the perfect centre-piece for a sunny herb garden. An invaluable border plant, the foliage provides a delicate foil against which the flower heads of herbaceous plants and bulbs can be seen.

Other Features: Tender leaves can be used for fish dishes and sauces

Garden Care: The plant's tendency to self-seed may be a problem in hot summers. If fennel is being grown exclusively for its foliage remove the yellow flower heads to prevent it from self-seeding. When flowers have finished cut them back to 30cm from the ground.