This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Fennel - Foeniculum Vulgare.
Fennel is a garden escape. It seems to be spreading and is found on all the inhabited islands, particularly St Mary's. It is not particularly fussy as to habitat and is found on roadsides and near beaches.
This is the only native yellow umbellifer with thread like leaves. It is tall and, when growing high up on a wall, forms a dramatic silhouette against the sky. Crush it and it smells of aniseed. The seeds are shaped like narrow eggs and are ridged.
The botanical name, Foeniculum Vulgare, means a plant that smells of hay and is very common. A bit strange as the plant smells of aniseed.
The aniseed scented leaves are used in recipes for oily fish. The seeds are used as flavouring or served as an aid to digestion at the end of a meal. This practice was common in Indian restaurants.
You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.