This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
Gigantic herbs with large much-divided leaves and tall branched inflorescence. Umbels compound; fruit dorsally compressed, almost flat, laterally winged. Natives of the Mediterranean region and Central Asia. The classical name.
1. F. communis (fig. 113). Giant Fennel. - This is extremely effective in single specimens in a large garden, growing to a height of 10 or even 15 feet. A native of the Mediterranean region. There are several other species with handsome foliage, as F. Tingitana, F. glauca, etc.