Distinctive anise-like flavor. 2½' H plant has enlarged leaf bases similar to celery. Will form a bulb if harvested before seed sets. Leaves/seeds used in soups, eggs, sauces. Bulbous stem can be steamed, grilled or served raw.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
Annual plants are plants with a life cycle that lasts only one year. They grow from seed, bloom, produce seeds, and die in one growing season. They then need to be replanted each spring.