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Fennel is a flowering plant species of the carrot family with a strong aniseed smell. It is a hardy, prernnial herb that grows up to 2 meters tall. Fennel is often found growing along road margins and in environments that have been disturbed and degraded by human activity.
Fennel is native to the Old World - possibly the Mediterranean region considering its use by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans - but it has been widely introduced and naturalized around the world and today is reportedly an adventive species in the Americas and the Caribbean Islands.
It can regenerate by both seeds and roots, which often makes physical control methods ineffective and chemical control necessary once a population is established.