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Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’

Bronze-leaved fennel

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Flowers
Flowers

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
  • Common name: Bronze-leaved fennel
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb, Perennial

Fennel is a particularly ornamental culinary herb, which works equally as well in ornamental borders as it does in herb and vegetable gardens. Fennel has very finely divided foliage and attractive, plate-like yellow flowers followed by aromatic seeds. The flowers are attractive to insects, especially hoverflies, and the seeds are eaten by birds.

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Fennel has a strong aniseed flavour. Use the bulb sparingly, in soups or roasted and served with other root vegetables, or sliced in salads. The leaves may be harvested and used in pesto, and the seeds in curries.

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Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ has feathery, bronze-purple leaves in contrast to sulphur-yellow flowerheads. It is well suited to growing among ornamental grasses and tall perennials such as Verbena bonariensis.

How to grow Foeniculum 'Purpureum'

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow

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Plant
Plant

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Foeniculum 'Purpureum' and wildlife

Foeniculum 'Purpureum' is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant, has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Foeniculum 'Purpureum' poisonous?

Foeniculum 'Purpureum' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Foeniculum 'Purpureum'

Verbena bonariensis
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Verbena bonariensis

Argentinian vervain
Ammi majus
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Ammi majus

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