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Smokey Bronze Fennel

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Smokey Bronze Fennel

(Foeniculum vulgare var.)
Striking 4 to 5 foot plumes of filigreed coppery leaves and lacy golden flower umbels that ripen mellow anise...
(Foeniculum vulgare var.)
Striking 4 to 5 foot plumes of filigreed coppery leaves and lacy golden flower umbels that ripen mellow anise-flavored seeds. Smokey Bronze Fennel makes a stunning addition to flower or herb beds and is a major nectar & pollen host for many butterfly and beneficial insect species. Season seafood, salads or cooked vegetables with the feathery copper-bronze leaves. Tea made from the aromatic leaves or sweet seeds soothes upset stomachs and calms the nerves.
Seed Count: 175-180 / Weight: 0.5 gms
$ 2.39 $ 2.99

TO PLANT DIRECTLY IN THE GARDEN

In spring when danger of hard frost is past, sow seeds 1 inch apart in finely worked, well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Cover 1/2 inch deep, firm soil and keep seed bed moist. Germination takes 2 to 3 weeks. After seedlings are well established, carefully thin or transplant 1 foot apart to allow plants room to mature.


TO START EARLY INDOORS

Sow thinly in a container of seed starting mix, 4 to 6 weeks before last expected frost. Keep warm and evenly moist, and provide a good light source. When seedlings are 3 to 4 inches tall, acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions before carefully transplanting as above.

 

GROWING NOTES

Plant in very well-drained soil and keep a close eye on young seedlings, which grow slowly at first – their unusual bronze color can make them easy to weed out by accident! A prime butterfly plant, the copper-bronze fronds of Smokey Bronze fennel send up tall branching stalks crowned by intricate yellow flowers that provide valuable nectar and pollen to ladybugs, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Bronze fennel’s deep colored foliage provides a beautiful contrast to the green foliage and bright hot colors of summer annuals like cosmos, zinnias and sunflowers.

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

March – June
Full sun
1/2 inch
1 inch
14 – 21 days
4 – 5 feet

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

March – June
Full sun
1/2 inch
1 inch
14 – 21 days
4 – 5 feet

Plant In

March – June

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Planting Depth

1/2 inch

Space Seeds

1 inch

Days To Germinate

14 – 21 days

Mature Height

4 – 5 feet

Photos From Our Trial Garden

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