Our fennel isn’t the sort that forms white bulbs you can eat, but I still love its aniseed scent.
I bought one plant about 5 years ago and let it seed, and I’ve been finding little fennel plants everywhere ever since.
These stems on the parent plant got the chop today so as to prevent a total invasion.
I checked each one carefully to make sure there were no swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on them, but I suspect they’re a bit tough for that. In fact I’ve only ever found caterpillars on young plants.
There was one on a young plant today; I don’t what species of butterfly it belongs to.