(Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel on the Main Post.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Foeniculum is Latin for "fennel."

Presidio Locations: Found in disturbed areas.

Range In State: Throughout most of California.

Description: This exotic perennial of the Carrot Family is from southern Europe and has tiny, yellow, five-petaled flowers growing in umbrella-like clusters. Feathery, almost hairlike foliage is licorice scented and the lacy, finely dissected leaves have swollen petioles (leaf stems) that clasp the main stalk, which can reach 6 feet in height. Blooms May to September.

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