The seed has a warm, earthy, slightly bitter flavor that can enhance many different types of dishes. The plant grows 1 to 2 feet tall and produces umbels of fragrant pink or white flowers that appear in midsummer, amidst feathery foliage similar to dill – which can be added to salads. The flowers are followed by the characteristic fragrant seeds, which mature in about 120 days after planting. the flowers attract beneficial insects such as lacewings, predatory wasps, and ladybugs. Planting it in your garden near crops that tend to suffer from pest infestations can help keep pesky insects under control. Direct sow seeds 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, when nighttime temperatures won’t dip below 60°F, in a location that gets several hours of full sun a day. Seeds are harvested when they are brown.
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.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
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.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.