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Fennel Green


Foeniculum vulgare

Feathery foliage and bright yellow flowers

The attractive feathery, green leaves of fennel look good in the vegetable garden and in flower beds and borders. Which make this a good choice if space is limited and you need your herbs to look good and be useful. Pick the leaves as needed through the summer.


Choose a sunny spot.


Best in a well drained soil. Keep well watered especially during dry weather.

The aniseed scented leaves are particularly good finely chopped in sauces, and with fish or vegetable dishes.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 150 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June

Typically available

From April to September