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Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Dress up your garden with a textural masterpiece: fennel. With graceful, fernlike foliage, this herb brings beauty to any setting with an airy form that's a butterfly magnet. Tuck fennel in a sunny spot amid a border where its towering flowers can weave between other plants. Sow seeds where you want them to grow; established plants don't transplant well. Flowers lure a host of beneficial, beautiful bugs -- from butterflies and ladybird beetles to bees and hoverflies.

Green lacewings, aphid predators, frequent fennel, making the herb a great companion for roses and other aphid favorites. Black swallowtail butterflies lay eggs on fennel. Look for black, green, and yellow striped caterpillars munching their way along stems.

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From 1 to 8 feet

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15-18 inches wide

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4-9

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more varieties for Fennel

'Bronze' fennel
'Bronze' fennel
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum', or 'Bronze', is a colorful version of standard fennel. It has licoricelike flavor and bronze-color foliage, and it grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide. In late summer, yellow flowers develop; if left to mature, the flowers produce edible seeds. Zones 4-9
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