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Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare 'Smokey'

Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare 'Smokey'

Common name: fennel

also known as (bronze fennel)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare 'Smokey'
Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare 'Smokey'
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Soil: dry, acidic, sand
Zones: 5a thru 10b

butterfly attracting, bee attracting, edible

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Fennel was one of the nine sacred curative herbs of medieval times. A strong butterfly plant, bronze Fennel has 4- to 5-foot plumes of filigreed coppery leaves and lacy golden flower umbels that ripen mellow anise-flavored seeds. These plants are stunning additions to flower or herb beds. Season seafood, salads or cooked vegetables with sprigs of the feathery copper-bronze leaves. Tea made from the aromatic leaves or sweet seeds soothes upset stomachs and calms the nerves. Plant in very well-drained soil and keep a close eye on young seedlings which grow slowly at first – their unusual bronze color can make them easy to weed out by accident! A prime butterfly plant, the copper-bronze fronds of ‘Smokey’ fennel send up tall branching stalks crowned by intricate yellow flowers that provide valuable nectar and pollen to ladybugs, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Bronze fennel’s deep colored foliage provides a beautiful contrast to the green foliage and bright hot colors of summer annuals like cosmos, zinnias and sunflowers. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


is native to the Mediterranean region.

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