A beautifully dark, very tall fennel that adds impact to a border. My mom always had them in her borders for the swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, which happen to love this herb. My plant came from seed from her garden. Ferny foliage traps dew and shines beautifully, making it a must have in any border. This plant will grow tall, 5-7 feet depending on soil fertility. All parts of the plant are edible, leaves/stems can be harvested, seeds can be saved for cooking. Open Pollinated tender perennial. It doesn’t always survive our winters here in Maine. In Ohio it came back year after year.
DAYS TO MATURITY
50 – 60 Days
DAYS TO GERMINATION:
Direct seed (recommended): Sow seed directly in the garden as soon as possible in the spring after the last frost. Plant 1/4- 1/2″ deep, 10 seeds per foot in rows 18″ apart. It is not necessary to thin for leaf harvest, but can thin later to 4-6″ apart if larger plants are desired.
Transplant: Sow seeds 1/4- 1/2″ deep in pots and transplant outside after the last frost. Transplant 4-6″ apart in rows that are 18″ apart.
Prefers a very well-drained soil.
Zones 7-10. Usually grown as an annual or a biennial.