Antares Hybrid Fennel Seeds

Antares Hybrid Fennel Seeds

Improved in every way from all other varieties

(P) Pkt of 50 seeds
Item # 52766-PK-P1

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Days to Maturity: 58 from transplant

AAS Winner 2017

We are delighted to offer the first-ever fennel seed to win an All-America Selections award. Antares hybrid is so improved in every way that it might as well be a new type of plant. Stronger licorice fragrance, sweeter bulb, more ornamental ferny dark green foliage, earlier maturity, better bolt resistance—these are just the highlights of Antares's many merits.

Ready less than 2 months after setting out the transplants in spring, this fabulous herb doubles as a vegetable (the white bulb is sweet and absolutely delicious) and triples as an ornamental (the ferny foliage is splendid in the garden, container, and indoor arrangements). Superbly fragrant, easy to grow, this sun lover thrives anywhere you have a few inches of sunny soil. You will want to tuck it into annual container plantings (petunia, calibrachoa, geranium, and verbena are among its many friends), dot it among your tomatoes and peppers to bring in good bugs and repel bad, and use it as a green backdrop to just about anything in the sunny annual border.

Antares hybrid harvests earlier than older varieties, and also resists bolting a whole lot better. If you want to grow this plant for its sweet, aromatic, nutritious 4- to 5-inch white bulb, you can get there sooner than ever—and leave it in the garden a bit longer, too, if you can't harvest it promptly.

Many gardeners grow fennel for its swallowtail butterfly food. During the caterpillar stage, swallowtails rely on fennel as a food source, and if you are willing to let them do a bit of chewing, the butterflies will reward you with their beautiful presence in your garden. Antares attracts many pollinators (it sets seed, after all), but the swallowtails are its special companions. Make it an integral part of any butterfly accent garden in your landscape.

All parts of fennel are aromatic, imparting a sweet anise, or licorice, scent and flavor. Kids (or adults) who like black licorice will love chomping on the raw bulbs of fennel. Growing 15 to 24 inches tall and just about 9 inches wide, Antares is an elegant columnar ornamental plant in the annual bed as well as a delicious edible.

Start seeds indoors and transplant the young plants into rich, light soil in a warm location. Water regularly throughout the season to help the large, round bulb develop well.

Review Summary
(Based on 2 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


The worst
Annoyed from MA wrote on April 15, 2020

They won’t post anything less tan a 4 star review

best fennel
crissy1cat from VA wrote on January 21, 2020

everything said about this is true - slow to bolt - actually never did; manageable size but bulb is full size; delicious; beautiful!