Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
(aka Sweet Anise)
This gorgeous feathery looking herb stands up to 6 feet tall and has an aromatic scent. It has pretty yellow flowers that bloom in July and August in umbels, small clusters that radiate from a single area on the stalk. Fennel is not only tasty in salads and other dishes but is a delicacy to growing swallowtail caterpillars. This is a must-have plant anywhere around your home for yourself or your butterfly ‘friends’. See how we found caterpillars on this plant.