Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgare
Plant Family: (Apiaceae)
Description: The bright yellow flowers topping wispy dark purple foliage make bronze fennel a striking addition to the landscape. A 4-6 ft. perennial with feathery, fragrant purple-green foliage with small yellow button flowers in late summer. The dark foliage makes it easy to spot the bright caterpillars of easter black swallowtail butterflies as they feed upon the plant.
Growing Conditions: Can grow in full sun to part shade in dry soils.
Bloom Time: July through October
Bloom Color: Yellow
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Host for Eastern Black Swallowtail butterflies. Flowers attract many native bees.
Native Status: Not native.
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden