Foeniculum dulce. N.O. Umbelliferae.
Synonym ► Hinojo.
Habitat ► Chalk cliffs and downs.
Features ► Stem erect, three to four feet, striated, smooth, freely branched. Leaves thrice pinnate, awl-shaped leaflets. Flowers (July and August) golden yellow, in broad, terminal umbels. Fruit oblong, cylindrical, slightly curved, half-inch long by one-tenth inch broad. Taste and smell, sweetish and aromatic.
Part used ► Seeds.
Action ► Carminative, stomachic, stimulant, diaphoretic.
In prescriptions where the above-mentioned properties are needed in mild form. These seeds appear in the formula for the well-known Compound Liquorice Powder. May be taken in the usual infusion.