Fennel, Green – seed packet – $2.99
Related tags: drought tolerant, Insectary plant, Umbel Family
(Foeniculum vulgare) Perennial in the Umbel Family, native to Eurasia. Feathery green foliage used in many dishes. Starting second year, yellow-flowered umbels produce delicious seeds. Root also edible (with bulbing fennel being a bred variety of this common fennel). Seeds used medicinally for digestion and gas, and for flavoring beverages. Very popular with pollinating insects. If not cut down, dried seed heads provide winter forage for birds. Very drought-tolerant once established. Self-sows enthusiastically.
Planting suggestions: Thrives on poor soils, including heavy clays. Good garden soil seems hardly to improve it. Full sun. Direct sow, or sow in flats, from six weeks before to six weeks after the Final Frost. Thin to 12” the first year, 24-36” thereafter as they grow bigger. Can create a hedge.
Contains at least 250 seeds. Packed for 2016.