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Plantidote of the day 2011-11-06

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bronze fennel

foeniculum vulgare "purpescens"

bronze fennel

This perennial herb (z.5-9) has lovely fern-like bronze/smokey purple foliage that tastes like liquorice. The seeds are edible too. You may want to pick the seed heads to prevent this plant from taking over your garden as it is quite prolific. This plant attracts many beneficial insects and is caterpillar food for the swallowtail butterfly.

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