FOENICULUM VULGARE PURPUREUM
This is the more attractive and too-rarely-seen dark form of fennel, the old herb and cottage garden plant. Massed plumes of feathery purple-bronze aniseed-scented foliage arise bearing large white "cow-parsley" heads.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:PURPLE FENNEL