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Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' (Bronze Fennel)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'

Other names

Bronze Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare 'Bronze', Foeniculum vulgare 'Nigra', Foeniculum vulgare 'Rubrum', Foeniculum vulgare 'Nigrum'

Genus

Foeniculum Foeniculum

Variety or Cultivar

'Purpureum' _ 'Purpureum' is a vigorous, upright, aromatic biennial or short-lived perennial with branching stems bearing finely-divided, pinnate, mid-green leaves, bronze-purple when young. Flat umbels of small, yellow flowers in summer are followed by anise-scented seeds.


Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (aniseed).

Habit

Upright

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Purple, Bronze in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn

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.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' (Bronze Fennel) will reach a height of 2m 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

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'

Other names

Bronze Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare 'Bronze', Foeniculum vulgare 'Nigra', Foeniculum vulgare 'Rubrum', Foeniculum vulgare 'Nigrum'

Genus

Foeniculum Foeniculum

Variety or Cultivar

'Purpureum' _ 'Purpureum' is a vigorous, upright, aromatic biennial or short-lived perennial with branching stems bearing finely-divided, pinnate, mid-green leaves, bronze-purple when young. Flat umbels of small, yellow flowers in summer are followed by anise-scented seeds.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (aniseed).

Habit

Upright


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Purple, Bronze in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn


How to care

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.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' (Bronze Fennel) will reach a height of 2m 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

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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