Dog fennel is a short-lived summer perennial. The leaves of dog fennel are divided into thread-like segments, giving a fern like appearance. The leaves will omit a foul odor. The stems of dog fennel are reddish in color, hairy and arise from a woody base.
The flowers of dog fennel are small and white in color. The flowers are numerous and are borne on branched panicles. Dog fennel spreads by seed… be careful when pulling it out of the ground that you don’t inadvertently shake the seeds on to the ground.
It looks a lot like asparagus…but don’t be fooled…it’s a weed! Get rid of it! (10/12/12)