Foeniculum vulgare, F. vulgare Azoricum Group
BRONZE FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare
Organically grown. Attractive feathery smokey-bronze foliage has a mild, sweet anise-like flavor. It is good with fish (improves digestibility) and in soups, sauces and salads. One of the best plants you can grow to attract beneficial insects to your garden. Grows 3-4 feet tall. A perennial grown as an annual. Packet is ½ gram, about 180 seeds.
FLORENCE FENNEL (finocchio) Foeniculum vulgare Azoricum Group
Herb, spice and vegetable in one plant! Thick, 3 to 4 inch bulb-like stems have a delicately sweet anise-like flavor, delicious eaten raw, steamed, or baked. 2 foot feathery foliage adds flavor to fish, eggs, and soups. Tiny chartreuse flowers produce aromatic seeds. Packet is ½ gram.
How to Plant Fennel Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats ¼ to ½ inch deep. Kept at 65 to 70°F., germination is in 7-14 days. Transplant after danger of frost 6 inches apart. Can direct sow 10 seeds per foot in rows 18 inches apart. No need to thin if harvesting leaves. Thin to 6 inches apart if larger root is desired.