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artjak

looking close up at the joints, I would say it may be bamboo. Someone else here will tell you more

Fairygirl

The dead flowerheads suggest Fennel to me too.

Daintiness

Sorry artjak, it's definitely fennel. Seed heads on top photo and new foliage growing at base of plant in the second photo confirm it.

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Paul Anderson

100% not bamboo, ah Fennel, perfect thanks for that, I thought both pictures would help  

Paul Anderson

Oh one question, I looked on RHS Fennel and it said no pruning required, so am I not to cut down the old material down to the base so that new growth occurs???

Daintiness

Cut the old stems down to the base. You can see already the new foliage coming through and the shoots will follow. You don't need to do anything else.

fidgetbones

Fennel is easy to identify. crush a few leaves between your fingers and smell the aniseedy type smell.

Hostafan1

Paul, I think "no pruning required" means, it dies down of its own accord but you can just snap off the old stems. " no pruning required"

 

fidgetbones

You can cut the old stems down with secateurs, but at this time of year, the old stems will just snap off. Usually, heavy snow would have flattened it by now,

Dovefromabove

Save the old stems to dry out and put on the BBQ when cooking fish - will give lovely aroma - or use them to make a bug box 

SwissSue

I always grow a few fennel plants in an odd corner, they are the favourite food for swallow tail butterflies, you can see the caterpillars on them in late summer.

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