Foeniculum vulgare or Fennel is a fairly hardy perennial herbaceous plant that has feathery leaves and umbells of yellow flowers in summer.
It grows wild in many parts of Europe and is sometimes seen wild in Australia.
It has a sturdy perennial root and stout upright stems.
Fennel provides a graceful backdrop to many herb gardens and can be a useful bedding plant where you need soft, fragranced foliage as a backdrop.
The seeds are the prized crop, yielding aromatic oils - the seeds themselves are used extensively in cooking.
The leaves and stalks are sometimes eaten as a vegetable or added as a garnish for fish.