Bronze Leaf Fennel
Beautiful reddish-bronze leaves have a fern-like appearance and a sweet anise flavor. They’re a nice addition to salads, coleslaw, and flavored butters. The flowers are edible and can be used for garnishing fish, beef, tomato, and potato dishes. If your main reason for growing this plant is for the leaves, though, remove blooms to prevent it from going to seed. Seeds can be used to freshen breath, and are an ingredient in some “natural” toothpastes.
- Type Tender perennial in zones 6 to 10, but usually grown as an annual
- Planting time After last spring frost
- Features Beautiful leaves with the flavor of sweet anise
- Light Full sun
- Soil Prefers well-drained soil or potting mix
- Spacing 4 to 6 inches apart
- Plant size 24 to 36 inches tall
- Garden use Containers, herb garden
- Culinary use Salads, dressings, coleslaw, flavored butters
Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.
Light requirements: Full sun (6 hours or more) is ideal.
Planting: Space 4 to 12 inches apart, depending on variety.
Soil requirements: Plants grow best in well-drained, fertile soil rich with organic matter.
Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist.
Frost-fighting plan: Tolerates only light frosts. Protect young plants with a frost cloth.
Common issues: Watch for (and remove) parsleyworms.
Harvesting: Harvest leaves as desired during growing season, never taking more than one-third of the leaves. When the bulb reaches 4 inches across, it’s time to harvest it.
Storage: Refrigerate unwashed bulb and use within 3 to 5 days.
For more information, visit the Fennel page in our How to Grow section.
Related recipes and articles
Fennel is a beautiful herb to have in the garden. Feathery and fern-like, it adds…Read more
Arugula Salad with Fennel
This is salad is bright and full of flavor, nicely complementing grilled meats or fish,…Read more
Damage begins as small trails on leaves and expands to larger blotches as miners feed…Read more
Salad Garden in Containers
Growing Herbs in Containers
Herbs: Your Gateway to Gardening
You don’t need a big suburban yard to grow your own food. You can create…Read more
Herbs & Artichoke Container Garden
3 Delicious Fall Salads
Planting Herbs in a Strawberry Jar