Taboo to grow fennel near other plants...truth or fiction?

Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

Maybe some of you experienced growing herbs can educate me on this one. I heard someone say this recently and was like - huh? Help please!

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Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

I've read that many different places and times.

As a result, I planted my fennel in a flower bed instead. It has pretty foliage so not an issue.

Hope you get some experienced responses... Kristi

Coon Rapids, MN(Zone 4b)

Some sources claim (and some studies indicate otherwise) that fennel will cross pollinate with other members of the Umbellifrae family (like carrots, dill, caraway, etc.), with less than satisfactory results. It also has a very large taproot and grows to be tall, and requires some space. It has been known to inhibit the growth of some other plants, so it's suggested that you plant it away from the rest of your garden. Here's a good link to a chart of plants that grow well (or not) together. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants

Middle of, VA(Zone 7a)

Very nice...thank you so much!!

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