Ferula communis subsp. catalaunica is a striking, hardy and large tap-rooted herbaceous perennial, native to the Iberian Peninsula. It is a giant fennel, reaching anything between 2–4 metres at maturity, although being deciduous it dies back below ground level each summer. It is also worth mentioning that each growing season you get the benefit of several different plant forms as it develops delicate shrubby umbrella-like leaves, 50-60 cm above the ground, followed by a flower head that bolts through the foliage into a spectacular columnar upright inflorescence, 2–4 metres above the original plant.
The leaves are divided into many slender segments and are an example of natures incredible structural engineering ability. The eventual flowering structure is equally impressive, its many branched stems bearing multiple rounded umbels of small yellow flowers. They are produced in early summer and can be seen in many local woodlands that are no longer cultivated. Often it occurs grouped in large numbers in our valleys and hillsides, giving a spectacular display in early summer. Why not have one in your garden? - no water needed, and you can save a few dried flower heads for an Algarvian Christmas tree next December.
Maturity can take several years to form the giant flower heads, but it is worth waiting for. We've no doubt that by relieving any soil compaction, adding some organic matter to the planting site and some winter watering, the process can be speeded up considerably.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.