This erect, branched annual herb resembles cow parsley in appearance but has the advantage of the delicious scent of aniseed, and indeed produces the usable culinary seeds when they ripen. A well-known, attractive and useful addition to the herb or cottage garden.
For best results, seeds are sown directly into the ground where required in the spring. Alternatively, sow in late winter/early spring in gentle warmth, 15-20 degrees C. Prick out into small 3 inch or 7 cm. pots and plant in final position when the plants are established.