Fennel

Fennel has multiple uses in the garden from vegetable, to herb, to ornamental, to flower, to butterfly attractor. Fennel (foeniculum vulgare) is a member of the carrot family. The Florence Fennel variety is an annual that produces an edible bulbous stalk that has a taste reminiscent of licorice or anise. Florence Fennel can also be grown as a biennial for its small flowers. The Sweet Fennel variety (a perennial) does not produce an edible stalk. Instead it's leaves are used as an ornamental, an herb and as a butterfly attractor. The Bronze Fennel cultivar is a particularly good attractor for Black Swallowtail caterpillars. Fennel grows best in cool weather and is hardy down to 25 degrees.

Bronze Fennel
Bronze Fennel