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Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' ( Bronze Fennel) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum') Herb in 9cm pot

Bronze Fennel, or Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' is a hardy perennial herb, with feathery bronze leaves,  These are followed by fllat-topped, sulpur-yellow flow heads in mid to late summer followed by the fragrant seeds. This giant fennel looks equally at home in the herbaceous border or herb garden and makes a great centrepiece in either. Great in a border with rrasses and mixed perennials where its delicate foliage allows other plants to be seen through a soft mist. 

It has been used for centuries and spread around the globe, and will happily grow wild in many parts of the world, 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.

Herb Usage

The leaves and seeds of Bronze Fennel, 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.

Buy Bronze Fennel, Online

Our Bronze Fennel, herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.





Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' ( Bronze Fennel) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Free draining soil
Flower Colour Yellow
Height 200cm
Spread 100cm
Latin Name Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - Very cold winter
Culinary Fish
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tissanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Architectural
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5
    beautiful healthy plants

    Posted by Dianne Melody on 20th Jul 2020

    Arrived well packed and healthy. Planted out and Fennel has already put on a lot of growth. Good value herb plants, healthy and strong.I will never buy herbs anywhere else.

  • 4
    fine promising plants for next year

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Dec 2019

    Amazing to get bronze fennel at any time of year as the plant doesn't like its tap root to be knocked about after a certain stage. The secret is (I guess) the plants have been raised speedily under cover. The packing was excellent, conserving the delicate plant and fronds. The main check I need to observe now is to keep these under cover and then harden them off--although this is a hardy plant once established, I need to bring them on to get to next year's triumph. Worth explaining this to customers I feel.

  • 5
    Excellent. Thank you

    Posted by Unknown on 29th May 2018

    Just what we needed.