I am not crazy about licorice, so I didn’t expect to like growing Fennel – but, wow! Has my attitude changed toward this amazing herb!
It it one of the best herbs, when flowering, to attract bees.
I credit Fennel for bringing bees into our neighborhood after the county sprayed most of the local citrus trees (except for ours and a few neighbor’s trees, as we didn’t allow it.). After the Fennel went to flower there were so many types of bees frequenting it’s flowers! Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Sand Bees…
The other wonderful part about letting Fennel get flowers is the delicious seeds that they produce. When eaten green they are amazing – like a yummy, refreshing licorice candy!