Species: Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Family: Umbellifers (APIACEAE or UMBELLIFERAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NE

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.


These are mostly aromatic herbaceous plants with alternate feather-divided leaves that are sheathed at the base. The family contains both useful edible members and intensely poisonous ones, so correct identification before harvesting is vital.

C. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

This late flowering umbellifer (Jul-Sep) has a long culinary history. It is a grey, strong-smelling plant, whose feathery leaves with long thread-like lobes and yellow flowers are familiar in the herb garden, where it is a long-established plant, introduced by the Romans.



Fennel is a late-flowering umbellifer (Jul-Sep) with a long culinary history.


Fennel is a grey, strong-smelling plant, whose feathery leaves have long thread-like lobes, and yellow flowers.