Taxonomy

Foeniculum vulgare | Fennel | Finéal

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Archaeophyte or Neophyte

Species Biology

Habitat

Dry banks and waste places

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Not known

Use

Food crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

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.

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