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Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze'

Bronze fennel

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (34176)

Plant details

Giant Bronze' is a bronze-leaved form of the garden fennel. This is not to be confused with sweet or Florence fennel, an annual vegetable grown for its swollen bulbs. 'Giant Bronze' forms a handsome clump of feathery foliage that is the perfect contrast to large-leaved perennials. The dark foliage can also be used to complement bold red and yellow flowers or soft silver-leaved plants. With plenty of humus and water in dry weather, plants develop into magnificent clumps of feathery foliage, crowned in late summer with large heads of tiny flowers. The seeds are as useful herbally as are the leaves, and may be left to ripen as a crop.

Family: Aplaceae

Genus: Foeniculum

Species: vulgare

Cultivar: Giant Bronze

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May


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