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Foeniculum vulgare (Common fennel)

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Maintenance level
1 hour care
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Ultimate height
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Ultimate spread
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Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare

Other names: Common fennel, Finkel, Sabbath day posy, Finckle, Fennel, Fenkell

Genus: Foeniculum

Variety or Cultivar: .

Foeniculum vulgare is: Deciduous

Flower: Insignificant or absent, Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Blue-green in Summer

Fragrance: Foliage is aromatic (aniseed).

Habit: Upright, Spreading

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Pests: Generally pest free.

Specific pests: Aphids

Diseases: Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning: Can be invasive if flowers are allowed to set seed.. REGISTER to read more...

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Foeniculum vulgare (Common fennel) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Add to salads, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Wildlife, Foliage only

Cultivation: Plant in moist, fertile soil.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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