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Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel )Herb Seeds

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Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Herb Seeds.

Fennel, or Foeniculum vulgare is a hardy perennial herb, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves, that grows wild in most parts of Europe, but is considered indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean and India.

Fennel will thrive anywhere, and it is easily propagated by seeds, sown early in April in ordinary soil. It likes plenty of sun and is adapted to dry and sunny situations, not needing heavily manured ground, though it will yield more on rich soil.

Growing 1.5m to 2m tall, fennel will need to be cut back to remove old growth, and the plants should be replaced every 3 years.

Growing Instructions

Fennel seeds can be sewn directly outdoors from March to July into well prepared soil preferably in full sun when temperatures reach around 13-18C (55-64F). Sow seeds thinly into drills 1cm (½") deep and 38cm (15") apart. When fennel seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 30cm (12") apart. For a successional harvest, make regular sowings.

Herb Usage

Fennel's leaves and seeds are used as flavouring in a variety of dishes, especially Eastern European cooking, and on account of its aromatic properties, Fennel seeds are used medicinally as a purgative to help digestion and assist with stomach gripes - it is a main component in the domestic 'Gripe Water,' used to correct the flatulence of babies.

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Other Details

Growing conditions:
Full sun and free draining soil.
Flower Colour:
Yellow
Height x Spread:
2m x 1m
Latin Name:
Foeniculum vulgare
Hardiness:
RHS rating H4 - hardy average winter

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