Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Foeniculum vulgare ( Fennel )
A deeply-rooted perennial, reaching up to 7 x 3 feet, that is a widespread native of western and southern Europe as well as around the Mediterranean. The fine-textured foliage is aromaric. The leaves are composed of leaflets up to 1.2 inches in length. The greenish-yellow flowers are borne on umbels, up to 4.8 inches wide, during mid to late summer. It is suggested to deadhead old blooms as seedlings can be a nuisance. Hardy zones 4 to 9 in full sun on fertile, well drained soil, though also very tolerant of dry, sandy soil.
Pharmacology: The body converts large quantities of Fennel into a type of Amphetamine causing hullucinations.
Aphids avoid it, it can be planted behind plants that may be prone to aphids as a natural defense.
* photos taken on June 23 2013 @ U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, DC

'Giant Bronze'
Similar to 'Purpureum' but very vigorous and larger.

'Purpureum' ( Bronze Fennel )
Bronze-purple foliage.

* photos taken @ U.S. Botanical Garden, Wash., DC on Aug 25 2014

* photos taken on May 27 2017 @ Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA

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