Wild Fennel is a bit different to the general variety of fennel, in that it doesn’t produce the large crisp white bulb at the bottom, and both the male and female plants are useful.
This one is the wilder undomesticated type that is more herb than a vegetable, and you mostly use the leaves, seeds and flowers.
If you are growing it mainly for the soft tender new leafy growth cut it back hard every now and then to keep it branching and maximise the yield. A delicious aniseed flavour, the young leaves are best since older ones soon become tough.
Plant seeds just under the surface of a well drained mix in full sun or part shade. Keep moist until germination in 1-2 weeks. Separate seedlings when large enough and plant in a deep pot. Will grow in part shade or full sun.
10 seeds per packet
NOT FOR VICTORIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA