How to care for your Fennel Green | 8.5cm | Edible plant
Light and position
Prefers full sun to partial shade in rich, well-drained soil with some shelter. As a perennial, your fennel will naturally die back in late autumn/winter, in which case old stems can be removed ready for them to re-spout in spring.
Keep your fennel plant in evenly moist soil and water once the top inch of soil feels dry. Allowing your fennel to dry out can make it go to seed.
Facts and stats
Fennel Green is a robust perennial herb with feathery, fern-like leaves which look great both in the border and the veg patch. The entire plant is edible and has the distinctive aniseed-like taste which works well in many dishes, particularly salads and when paired with fish. Leaves can be harvested as and when needed all throughout the year. In late summer, your fennel will produce large umbels of yellow flowers which attract a range of pollinators, and in the autumn some lovely fennel seeds which can be used fresh or can be dried for later use. It's one of the easiest plants to grow and will last in your garden for many years. Not to be confused with sweet fennel.