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Peucedanum officinale

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Peucedanum officinale

Peucedanum is a genus of flowering plant in the carrot family, Apiaceae.

 Peucedanum officinale is lovely plant, new to us and as it turns out a very rare native plant growing in Britain only in the Walton Backwaters in Essex and around Faversham in Kent. This rare perennial plant has exquisite finely cut deep green foliage and charming sulphur yellow umbels of flowers. Its common name ‘Hog’s Fennel’ gives an insight into the family of plants to which it belongs, and also a clue as to its appearance. In actual fact it is less like conventional Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and more akin to the Giant Fennel, (Ferula communis) although it is no giant in stature, growing only to around 60cm. The foliage alone would be enough to recommend it in the garden, but the flowers are quite charming.

Main Features
Type Perennial Hardiness Fully Hardy
Flower Colour Yellow Size (H xW) 60 x 40cm
Flowering Season Summer Pot Size 9cm
Foliage Green Growth Rate Medium Growing
Foliage Type Deciduous Soil PH Neutral
Soil Type Rich but well drained AGM No
Position Full sun Habit Clump forming
Cultivation Notes
Like most plants in the carrot family, a good deep soil is recommended. Add plenty or organic material to poorer soils. This has proved for us, despite its rarity a very easy plant to grow.
Uses: Use as a companion plant in Perennial or Herbaceous borders to add texture. Looks good planted in groups.
Pruning \ Aftercare : Deadhead flowers