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Sweet Fennel Foeniculum vulgare


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Sweet Fennel
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Family: Apiaceae, Carrot view all from this family

Description Perennial. Habit: erect, height to 7 ft, with a strong odor of anise. Leaf: wispy, finely dissected, up to 20 inches long. Flower: broad yellow umbel, 2-6 inch dia.

Flower May - September.

Habitat Found in large stands on disturbed sites and river banks.

Range Continental U.S.

Discussion Native to Europe. Introduced in colonial times as a culinary plant, fennel escaped cultivation and is now considered an invasive species in the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Canada.