It is a fast-growing, annual plant that dies at the end of the season. It has culinary and medicinal uses, providing an anise flavor and soothing properties. It is a main ingredient in Italian sausage and can be used interchangeably with other fennel varieties. It is a beautiful ornamental plant that attracts butterflies and pollinators, especially the Eastern Black Swallowtail. It needs full sun and good drainage5.