Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum
Native: Africa, Asia, and Europe
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 4–9; grown as an annual.
Plant Dimensions: Foliage from 2’–4′ tall; the “bulb”, 3″–4″ diameter at the base
Variety Information: The crunchy, dense, licorice-flavored “bulb” is comprised of tightly layered, overlapping, swollen stalk ends. The feathery foliage looks similar to dill, but has a delicate, anise flavor. The seeds also taste similar to anise or licorice. ‘Romanesco’ is a florence type fennel.
Exposure: Full sun