Native to North Africa. Grows 1–1 1/2 ft. tall and wide; rather sprawling. Light green leaves. Not a particularly beautiful plant, but the remarkable spicy-sweet fragrance of its flowers makes it well worth growing. The small blossoms are greenish with a coppery or yellow tinge, carried in dense spikes that become loose and open with age. Flowers dry up quickly in hot weather.
Sow seeds in early spring (or in late fall or winter, in mildest climates). For longest bloom, deadhead and make successive sowings. Does best in rich soil. Plant in masses to get the full effect of the perfume. Strains with longer flower spikes and brighter colors are sold, but they are less fragrant.
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Native to Europe and Asia, this salad vegetable is grown for its thick, crunchy stalks.