Feoniculum Vulgare

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant speciales in the carrot family It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.It is a highly aromantic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses and, along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable.Fennel is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including in its native range the mouse moth and the Old World swallowotail. Where it has been introduced in North America it may be used by the anise swallowotail.