Blossom XXVIII: Fennel


Fennel produces beautiful golden flowers.  Many different pollinators feast from these tiny blossoms.  Abundant flowers and fine foliage make this a special plant in our garden over many weeks.

Bronze fennel is particularly beautiful, and may be grown in pots with other herbs and flowers for a spectacular container garden.

Considered an herb, it in an edible hardy perennial in our garden.  Use the leaves fresh as needed, or dry for winter.


Fennel feeds both pollinators and butterfly larvae.   Finding caterpillars devouring the plant cheers us that the next generation of swallowtail butterflies are on their way.

Plant fennel in full sun for best flowers.   It will grow quite large in good sun and soil, and may need staking after its first year.  These flowers are good enough to cut for arrangements; though we prefer to leave them sparkling in the sun, offering their nectar to whatever hungry mouth might buzz buy.  Their seeds are tasty, and may be gathered to dry for cooking through the season.

Woodland Gnome 2017
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4 responses to “Blossom XXVIII: Fennel

  1. A great pollinator plant for sure! Another butterfly favorite, your Joe-pye-weed in the background has grown quite large! Mine is budding up (with leaves full of holes where larva have munched it).

  2. Our plants are full of bees and hoverflies today. Very pretty for jam jar posies too

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