Wild fennel is a very common plant and in some cases is even considered a pest as it can grow profusely and indeed invasively. It prefers drier conditions and grows everywhere from fields to roadsides but usually within a reasonable distance of the coast – although I have seen it a long way inland. During the spring the green fronds sprout and grow throughout the spring and summer into tall cane-like stems that grow 60cm to 120cm in height. In July the plant blooms with yellow flowers that I use to identify new locations for this wonderful culinary herb.
For me this versatile herb is a must and as it grow so profusely and is so visible from mid summer that it should practically be included with most meals. If you didn’t recognise it before you won’t stop seeing it growing everywhere now!
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