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Plant help, please

Postby filippos » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:12 pm

Can anyone tell me / confirm what the plant is. The dried seed heads look very like Wild Carrot but this thing is at least 2m tall.

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Postby BrianS » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:28 pm

This looks like a giant fennel, Ferula communis... a fantastic plant through all it's stages.

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Postby bobscott » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:41 am

BrianS wrote:This looks like a giant fennel, Ferula communis... a fantastic plant through all it's stages.


Exactly right Brian.
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Postby filippos » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:23 am

Thanks to all and great photos, Jean. I've made a note to keep my eyes open next spring when it flowers. The one I shot was on the rough ground behind the eastern end of Kalyves harbour.

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Postby jandis » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:55 am

No need to shoot them Phil, they're not dangerous!

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Postby filippos » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:41 pm

Made me laugh out loud.

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Postby Tinny » Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:38 pm

Nice one Jandis, I'm still laughing

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Postby bobscott » Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:58 am

filippos wrote:Thanks to all and great photos, Jean. I've made a note to keep my eyes open next spring when it flowers. The one I shot was on the rough ground behind the eastern end of Kalyves harbour.


Everyone will doubtless have their own favourite spot for these, but the most prolific I have seen is in Almyrida. Walk along the seafront , go past the Cantina, past the harbour , continue up and around the right-hand bend and then on the right hand side away from the sea, you will see a magnificent field full of these. When they are all in bloom, it's a great sight.
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Postby Clio » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:24 pm

An English-speaking Greek friend of mine expressed horror when she spotted a print in my kitchen labelled “Giant Fennel”.

“That is not fennel! It is not marathos! And it is not good to eat! You should tell other English people not to eat it because they might get sick!”

I think that’s Greek hyperbole, but you’d certainly be disappointed if you were looking for the edible-fennel flavour.

Giant fennel though does have a culinary connection. On its roots grow those frilly brown mushrooms you see in every Cretan greengrocery - named αρτικίτσες after the plant, which is άρτικας.

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Postby moved 2 crete » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:03 pm

Many thanks Clio, nice to know, we have seen these plants all over Crete on our travels, also have seen the mushrooms in our local shops, the plant is very tree like and we sure have no intention of trying to eat the tops.
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