"Traditional Herbs for Winter Interest"

New green

Giant Fennel
Ferula communis

At this time of year we all want some assurance that the life cycle will be renewed. Nothing says Spring better than Giant Fennel's vibrant new shoots. Summertime visitors know F. communis as that behemoth in the back row. Those stalks have gone now, to wherever good plants go when they die. Perhaps its summer massiveness is due to the early start its eager younglings get. These were photographed in mid-January.
(Section A)
Ferula communis
Ferula communis

Also of note (1/3/99): Herniaria glabra (Rupture Wort, Section E) and Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet, Section D) both had bright new foliage. Scilla peruviana (Cuban Lily, Section D) was also beaming, despite the geographical displacement suggested by both of its names.


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