herb

Smokey Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Add To My Plant List

print page
 
Smokey Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) at Minor's Garden Center

Smokey Fennel

Smokey Fennel

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Smokey Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) at Minor's Garden Center

Smokey Fennel in bloom

Smokey Fennel in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Common Fennel, Fennel

Description:

An outstanding herb grown for its airy, finely cut, fragrant foliage; showy yellow flowers in summer mass atop the plant; anise flavored foliage and seeds are used in cooking; a standout in the border with its smoky look, and is also great when massed

Edible Qualities

Smokey Fennel is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The entire above-ground parts of the plant are edible, and are usually harvested from late summer to early fall. The edible parts have a savory taste.

The plant is most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Seasoning

Features & Attributes

Smokey Fennel has masses of beautiful yellow flat-top flowers held atop the stems in mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant ferny leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy violet variegation throughout the season.

This is an herbaceous perennial herb with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Self-Seeding

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Smokey Fennel is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Smokey Fennel will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 4 years.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Sizes Available:

3.5" POT $3.69

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Herb 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
Minor's Garden Center (414) 354-4830
7777 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53223
©2014 Minor's Garden Center, All Rights Reserved.  | Terms and Conditions  | Powered by Kentico CMS for ASP.NET