Bronze Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ – Purple Leaf Fennel
‘Purpureum’ is an upright, clump-forming perennial to 1.8m, with finely divided foliage which is purple when young, later grey-green; flat heads of tiny yellow flowers appear in summer, followed by aromatic fruits
2017 from little plant
Diseases and Problems
Pests: Can get aphids
Diseases: Generally disease resistant
Seeds used in baking or add to spice mixes for meat. The fresh leaves are good with roast fish.
Grow in moist, fertile soil. Can be invasive if flowers are allowed to set seed. If grown with other foliage colour forms then they will readily hybridise, resulting in inferior plants
- Full Sun
- Partial Shade
- Aspect: South-facing or West-facing
- Exposure: Sheltered
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
thyme and rosemary in a sunny herb garden, or in an ornamental border with herbaceous perennials such as rust-coloured verbascum ‘Clementine’, dark red-leaved sedums, and Verbena bonariensis.