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.

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