*Foeniculum vulgare

Family Apiaceae


Erect aromatic perennial herb to 2.5 m high with stout branching taproot. Longevity to 2 years.

Flowers: Yellow, December - May.

Fruit: Schizocarp 4 – 10.5 mm long, February - May.

Seed: 2, 1-seeded mericarps dispersed by vehicles, animals and water.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native to Eurasia
  • Weed of roadsides and waste sites
  • Occasional weed in grasslands at the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Resprouts from base after fire

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Foeniculum vulgare plant

Foeniculum vulgare flower

Foeniculum vulgare fruit