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Foeniculum vulgare Common fennel Finkel Sabbath day posy Finckle Fennel Fenkell

Foeniculum vulgare (Common fennel)
Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

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Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare

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

Genus: Foeniculum Foeniculum

Species: F. vulgare - F. vulgare is an upright, clump-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with finely-divided, pinnate, mid- to blue-green leaves and branching stems bearing flat umbels of tiny, yellow flowers in summer followed by aromatic seeds.


Foeniculum vulgare is: Deciduous

Flower: Insignificant or absent, Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Blue-green in Summer

Fragrance: Foliage is aromatic (aniseed).

Habit: Upright, Spreading

How to care

Watch out for

Pests: Generally pest free.

Specific pests: Aphids Aphids

Diseases: Generally disease free.

General care

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

Propagation methods: 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, Loamy, Sandy, Clay (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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Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare

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

Genus: Foeniculum Foeniculum

Species: F. vulgare - F. vulgare is an upright, clump-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with finely-divided, pinnate, mid- to blue-green leaves and branching stems bearing flat umbels of tiny, yellow flowers in summer followed by aromatic seeds.


Foeniculum vulgare is: Deciduous

Flower: Insignificant or absent, Yellow in Summer

Foliage: Blue-green in Summer

Fragrance: Foliage is aromatic (aniseed).

Habit: Upright, Spreading

Watch out for

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...

Propagation methods: 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, Loamy, Sandy, Clay (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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