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Fennel seeds - Foeniculum vulgare - Culinary Herb

Type: Hardy Perennial Herb
Approximate height: Up to 2m
Flowering Time: Summer
Site and soil type: Fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny position.
When to sow: Mid-spring to early autumn
Where to sow Outside, direct into soil or under cover into biodegradable pots.
Packet contents: 500 seeds / 2.17 g

Fennel is a tall impressive herb with feathery leaves and umbels of yellow flowers in summer which are attractive to a range of beneficial insects. 

All of the plant has a distinctive, aniseed-like scent and taste, and can be used for flavouring in cooked dishes and dressings.

A great plant for the herb garden and flower beds.

Fennel provides food for the following creatures: 

  • Various bee species including mining bees, honey bees and bumblebees. 
  • Social wasps
  • Various species of beetles 
  • Hoverflies
  • Lacewings
  • 🦇
  • 🦇 (RHS)
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

🐛 A food plant for the caterpillar

🦋 Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

🦇 Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

🦇 (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.