Fennel Florence Foeniculum Vulgare is a hardy perennial herb native to coastal areas in the Mediterranean region, and widely naturalized in Europe and North America this plant is mostly grown as an annual. Florence Fennel seeds are easy to grow and they can be started directly outdoors in spring after last frost. Place one seed every 3 inches and cover lightly with soil. Thin plants to 9 inches apart when they are 2 inches tall. Fennel Florence grows up to 5 feet tall and produces flowering stems that stand approximately one foot and support showy, flat-topped umbels of little golden flowers.
Fennel Florence has an elongated root that resembles a carrot. All parts of this Fennel are aromatic, imparting a sweet anise, or licorice, scent and flavor. Fennel Florence differs from regular fennel because the stalk forms an edible bulbous base that fades to white. The bulb, foliage, and seeds of the fennel plant are widely used in many of the culinary traditions of the world. Easily started from Foeniculum Vulgare seeds, Fennel Florence is grown best in rich, light soil in a warm location, and the ample watering is required so that the bulbs will form properly.
Height: 24-60 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Soil Type: Rich/Moist well-drained, pH 6.1-7.5
USDA Zones: All Regions of North America
Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (4-6 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Spring/Fall
Seed Depth: 1/8 inch
Germination Time: 10-15 Days
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