Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
|Alien pod-sheaths unfurling |
In its first stint in our garden, fennel self-seeded so prolifically that I weeded it out, assuming there'd be a few survivors to keep the stand going. I must have been very thorough, because fennel did not persist in our garden - until I got some new plants from the HPS/MAG spring sale a few years ago. The smokey appearance of their fine-frilly foliage is marvellous, as is the fragrance – so I'll put up with its free-seeding habits (although I may attempt to staunch that by dead-heading before it goes to seed). It now grows in the back of our herb garden, where it gets to duke it out with other robust perennial herbs.
||yellow (late summer)
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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|Deborah||May 03, 2011||I love bronze fennel. I cut it back hard when it blooms to limit the seedlings. Some years I take the time to strip the stalks bare and it resembles bamboo, which is hard to come by here in zone 4.|
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