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Wild Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Many tiny golden yellow flowers packed tightly together, forming umbels. Umbels are without bracts, up to 8cm across.
Fruit:
Narrowly egg-shaped, ridged. Fruit does not always ripen.
Leaves:
Feathery in appearance. 3 to 4 pinnate leaves with thread-like leaflets.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, leaf stalks and flowerheads are all edible and tasty, raw or cooked. High in fibre, potassium, calcium, vitamin B6 and folate.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers have a pleasantly strong licorice smell.
Other Names:
Common Fennel.
Habitats:
Roadsides, seaside, wasteland.