This easy to grow, hardy perennial with its aniseed tasting leaves has many culinary and medicinal uses. It is a tall plant, with a long tap root and is better suited to growing in the ground. The yellow flower umbels are attractive to hoverflies.
- All plant parts are edible
- Soothing for the stomach
- Attracts beneficial insects
The botanical name for fennel – foeniculum, is derived from the Latin word for hay foenum because of the appearance of the dried leaves. The gentle aniseed flavour has been an ingredient of dishes for hundreds of years and all parts of the plant are edible. The frond style leaves look fabulous as they emerge in spring.
- Height: 100-150cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Yellow
- Flowering period: June - August
This majestic fennel is not to be confused with Florence fennel which is an annual vegetable grown for its bulb. This fennel is grown for its edible foliage and seed and planted in the garden can reach a decent height, so is best grown at the back of a border. It can be grown in a pot, but isn't happy for more than a couple of years due to the very long tap root fennel produces, which ends up unhappily curled in the bottom of the pot. Fennel loves the sun, but is happy with some shade during the day too. It often seeds itself quite well and if this is a problem remove the flower heads before seed is set, or make sure you harvested them all when they are ready.
The aromatic seeds of fennel have a long history as a culinary spice and are added to many Middle Eastern, Indian and European dishes, sauces and soups.
The seeds can be harvested as the flower heads dry out and become brown and are well worth the effort and time.
The warming anise taste of a fennel seed tea produces a calming effect on the muscles of the digestive system. It is a traditional remedy for gas and bloating in adults and children. Historically, fennel was used as a remedy for increasing breast milk production in nursing mothers and to relieve painful colic in babies.
The leaves are delicious chopped and added to salads, baked along with fish and in rice and egg dishes.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.