Bronze fennel is a terrific foliage plant and a great attraction for butterflies and beneficial insects. The licorice-flavored leaves and seeds are used in cooking.
In Color in the Garden, Nori and Sandra Pope describe bronze fennel as "our desert island plant, the plant we would not want to be without." The feathery foliage makes a perfect backdrop for brightly colored flowers.
Bronze fennel is hardy in zones 5-9. It can be grown as an annual in colder climates. Latin name: Foeniculum vulgare.
Sowing Bronze Fennel Seeds:
Sow outdoors in late spring. Or sow indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date, 1/8" deep. Space plants 10" apart. Full sun to part shade. Self sows.