Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Foeniculum vulgare

 


Full Sun
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant
Deadhead
Attracts Butterflies

Foeniculum vulgare 'Rubrum' (Apiaceae)
(fuh-NIK-yew-lum vul-GAIR)
Bronze Fennel

Billowing masses of feathery foliage are a wonderfully unique color deep green with a prominent bronze-to-silvery-purple cast. Large, flat umbels of tiny mustard-yellow flowers sway in the summertime breeze atop upright plants, eventually yielding a profusion of seeds. Leaves can be used as a pot herb, adding color and anise-like flavor to salads and other dishes. Fennel is a favorite larval food source for Black Swallowtails, and provides height and softness in sunny butterfly gardens.

Bloom color: yellow
Bloom period: early-summer
Height: 5-7'
Spread: 2-3'
Zones: 4-10

Container size: Qt.
Price: $10