Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare


A plant with pinnately divided leaves and very narrow leaf segments. The inflorescence is a compound umbel with few or no bracts and bracteoles. There are no sepals and the petals are yellow.

Identification difficulty

Often coastal but also on waste ground and roadside verges inland.

When to see it

July to October.

Life History

Biennial and perennial herb.

UK Status

Widespread but local in England, mainly coastal elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland as a casual or established escape. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 17 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte) rare.  

It is on the Rare Plant Register

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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