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.
Sow immediately at any time onto preferably a soil-based compost, covering with fine grit to approximately their own depth. Germination MAY be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. but many seeds WILL NOT come up the year they are sown, needing winter chilling after sowing, and ONLY come up with natural spring germination.
Common name:PURPLE FENNEL