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Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'

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Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' Seeds

Bronze Fennel is one of the most interesting perennials of all. If you've ever been to Chelsea Flower Show or seen it on the TV you'll have seen Bronze Fennel in many of the show gardens. It's soft frothy foliage is perfect with early flowering annuals and perennials such as Orlaya and Anchusa.
This lovely plant produces masses of upright stems with fine bronze-purple foliage which form a see through haze. You can keep cutting the foliage to encourage more of the lovely purple bronze foliage to grow or let your plants flower if you prefer. You'll be rewarded with tall stems topped by flat heads with a mass of tiny yellow flowers from June to August or even September if you're lucky. The intense yellow fennel flowers are full of nectar which bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects love. It's brilliant a splash of colour in the garden and great for wildlife gardens too.

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum' is a hardy perennial plant, it loves free draining soils and a sunny spot. In ideal conditions it's hardy to minus 15°C.

Genus Foeniculum vulgare

Variety Purpureum
Plant Type Hardy Perennial. Grown for Attractive Foliage. You may prefer to grow Bronze Fennel as a Biennial sowing this summer for lots of foliage next spring and summer.
Height & Spread 180cm tall (6feet) x 60cm spread (2 feet)
Sow Seeds Sow direct from April to June. Seedlings do not transplant well so it's best to sow Fennel where you want it to grow. To treat as a biennial sow in summer for early growth the following spring.
Thin Allow a minimum space of 60cm ( 2 feet ) per plant.
Conditions Required Once established Bronze Fennel prefers very well drained soil. They also prefer a sheltered spot in full sun.
Foliage/Flower Production Foliage is produced for months on end as long as you keep cutting to promote new growth. Blooms from July until August/September if you let it. After flowering Fennel seedheads are long lasting.
Planting Combinations If you have the space I suggest you grow plenty of these lovely Bronze Fennel plants. Grows particularly well with Cerinthe, Geum, Geranium, Orlaya and Grasses.

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