Bronze Fennel Plants
VEGE-FENN-2-3Regular price $4.00
Bronze Fennel has a sweet scent and a delicious aniseed flavour. The feathery purple-bronze leaves and bright yellow flowers add gorgeous colour to the garden, and pollinating bees can't resist it.
Urban Bounty Bronze Fennel seedlings come in a 1.5 litre pot.
About Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’)
Bronze Fennel is a wild fennel with lacey purple-bronze leaves and flat-headed yellow flower heads. Unlike Florence Fennel, it is not a bulbing variety and will grow up to 2 metres high and 1 metre wide. Enjoy the faint anise-scent when you walk past, and use the dried stems as vegetable garden stakes.
This is a elegant and delicious companion planting option and looks right at home in Mediterranean and Cottage gardens.
Culinary Uses for Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’)
We love the tender young leaves with fish, in fish stock, salads, herb butter, or mayonnaise. The yellow petals can be used to bring life to salads. Collect and dry the seeds, then use them to flavour European and Mediterranean dishes.
Growing Conditions - Bronze Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’)
Watch where you plant this vegetable, as it can inhibit the growth of plants around it. It is suitable for a small garden but not an apartment or a pot.
Bronze Fennel does best in full sun and free-draining, well-tilled soil. It loves lots of water (soil should be kept consistently moist) and tolerates light frost and coastal conditions. Bronze fennel is an annual that will happily self-sow for next spring if you let it go to seed. Remove seed heads if you want to stop it from spreading.
What Type of Climate Do Bronze Fennel Plants Prefer?
While it is mildly frost tolerant, it won't withstand hard frost. This means it isn't suitable for colder parts of New Zealand. In warmer areas, plant Bronze Fennel in late spring or early autumn - after the last frost has passed, or well before the temperature drops for winter!