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Bronze Fennel Plants


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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!

        We offer a replacement guarantee

        To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

        What will postage cost?

        Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

        Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

        If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

        If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

        How often do you dispatch?

        To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

        How do you package your products?

        We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


        Where do you deliver to? 

        We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

        South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

        While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

        We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

        Do you deliver to post office boxes?

        Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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