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Foeniculum vulgare - Purpureum (Purple Fennel, Foeniculum)

Foeniculum vulgare - Purpureum (Purple Fennel, Foeniculum)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Herb, Culinary, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Yellow Flowers (Summer), Purple Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Foeniculum vulgare Description

Foeniculum is an edible herb that grown for its masses of attractive frothy purple foliage. It suites planting in the herb garden, on the allotment or as a foliage foil plant among herbaceous perennials. Its upright fast growing habit can be a problem, it needs plenty of space and can out grow its neighbours.


Foeniculum vulgare - Cultivation Notes

Fennel is a hardy herbaceous plant flourishes is fine sandy or chalky dry soils in position in full sun. Pinch out new growth points to encourage denser foliage and mulch in autumn to protect roots.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Foeniculum vulgare:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Foeniculum vulgare:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage

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Common Missspellings: Foiniculum, Foenickulum, Foniculum, Foenicullum

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