Private: Green Leaf Fennel

Grow this plant and you’ll be rewarded with lots of feathery, sweet-tasting leaves. This is a non-bulbing variety of fennel. The leaves taste wonderful in salads, slaws, flavored butters, and dressings. The yellow flowers that appear late in the season are edible and add beauty and flavor as toppings for soups and salads. Stems look great in floral arrangements, too.

  • Type Tender perennial in zones 7 to 10; usually grown as annual or biennial
  • Planting time After last spring frost
  • Features Feathery green leaves with sweet flavor
  • 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, 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.

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At a glance

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.