Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' (Bronze Fennel)

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Plant Overview

A handsome and sturdy herb with new shoots of copper feathered foliage, deepening to rich bronze. The leaves and seeds are edible and taste of aniseed. Large umbels of small yellow flowers in July and August.

Great for the herb bed but also works well in a mixed border, where it is an ideal foil for bright colours and adds a different texture/form. Popular with garden designers and often seen at Chelsea Flower Show - despite this, it is actually easy to grow in normal gardens!

The fronds make an attractive addition to flower arrangements.

Height and spread: 1.8m x 1m

Fennel is mentioned in Anglo-Saxon herbals where it is said to restore lost eyesight, to aid slimming and to guard against unseen evil. These days chefs pair it with fish and use the seeds in pickles. Can also be used as a tea.

Common names: Bronze Fennel, Sweet Anise, Sweet Fennel



All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.