Foeniculum vulgare | Fennel | Finéal
Archaeophyte or Neophyte
Dry banks and waste places
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023
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A garden herb, native of the Mediterranean, most likely an escape or relic of cultivation in Ireland. Fennel is widely cultivated, both in its native range and elsewhere. It has aniseed flavoured leaves and fruits. It roots are eaten as a vegetable. Ancient Romans regarded fennel as the herb of sight. Fennel seeds are eaten raw by some cultures today as they are said to improve eyesight.